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The Paul Samaras

About The Scholarship

One of the foundational and guiding principles for the National Storm Chaser Summit Board of Directors is to provide educational resources for current and future storm chasers exercising proper forecasting, safety, and media etiquette.


The Summit provides social and networking opportunities to storm chase community in honour of the late Tim Samaras who always welcomed fellow chasers and weather enthusiasts to share his passion for stormy skies.


In order to provide further educational opportunities to current and potential future chasers, the NSCS has created a scholarship fund to be awarded, annually, to an outstanding undergraduate student seeking a major course of study within the S.T.E.M. or Photography/Videography disciplines. Our goal for 2025 is to award multiple scholarship opportunities for students.


The NSCS scholarship fund is named in honor of Paul T. Samaras to provide a tribute and to salute his legacy of outstanding photography, videography, and production talents which were suddenly, and tragically, cut short on May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Oklahoma.

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The late Paul T. Samaras, a gifted photographer with a passion for nature, weather, Star Wars and adventure!


2024 - Gabe Cenker

Gabe is majoring in Meteorology with a minor in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Gabe participates in undergraduate research and would like to engage in research at the ARRC (Advanced Radar Research Center) in future semesters. He enjoys working with numbers and hopes to contribute by collecting field data and help analyze it. Gabe wants to ask probing questions, uncover the unknown, and work with others to find solutions in the field of meteorology that would help make the world a better place for future generations. 

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2022 - Laci Graham

In 2022 Laci attends Ohio State University as a Freshman studying Meteorology and Civil Engineering. Her dream career has always been storm chasing and she is lucky enough to be getting to live it. After graduating from OSU, Laci wants to work in the National Weather Service and help create better weather models. She wants to use what she learns while storm chasing to create more affordable storm shelters and make sure there are safe places for all people for any disaster.

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