ACS Scholars Program
ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields. Awards of up to $5,000* are given to qualified students. African American, Hispanic, or American Indian high school seniors or college freshman, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply.
Recipients receive national recognition and scholarship stipends in the following amounts:
- $2,500 for freshmen
- $3,000 for sophomores
- $5,000 for juniors and seniors
To be considered for a scholarship through the ACS Scholars Program, candidates must:
- Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
- Be a full-time student at a high school or accredited college, university, or community college
- Demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0, "B" or better)
- Demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR) form
- Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science OR intending to or already pursuing a degree in chemical technology
- Be planning a career in the chemical sciences.
The Selection Committee reviews all applications to determine the best overall applicants. The highest-rated students are selected as scholarship recipients.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, career objective, financial need, leadership ability, participation in school activities, and community service.