ACS Scholars Program

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Amount
Awarded

$14,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Sunday
Awarded By:

American Chemical Society

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. Last year, 165 scholarships were awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Must be enrolled or plan to enroll full time.
  5. Must be African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian (includes Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian).
  6. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program of study leading to a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or other chemically-related science, OR be enrolled in a program of study leading to an associate's degree in chemical technology. The student must also be planning to pursue a career in the chemical sciences.
  7. Must be a high school senior; current college freshman, sophomore, or junior; or current community college student pursuing a two-year degree or planning to transfer to a four-year university.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: U.S. high school senior and undergraduate minority students who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and plan to enroll full time are eligible for this award. Students must be planning to pursue a career in the chemical sciences and majoring in an appropriate chemical science field.

Application requirements for the ACS Scholars Program are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • FAFSA
Additional Information: 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. All candidates who submit complete applications, including financial documentation, are notified of their status in early June. Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient's college or university. Checks are issued twice yearly - July and December - and made payable to the award recipient and the school. Please note: Students intending to enter pre-med programs or pursuing a degree in pharmacy are not eligible for this scholarship.

Award Amount: Award amounts are given annually as follows: $2,500 for freshmen; $3,000 for sophomores; $5,000 for juniors and seniors. Awards are renewable each year. Please note: The amount of each individual award will depend upon the availability of funding and the number of scholarships awarded.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $14,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Applications are available online from the American Chemical Society (ACS) website. In addition to the completed application, each student must submit the following materials: an official transcript (after the fall semester); two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a chemistry instructor (high school students) or faculty member in his/her field (college students) and the second of which must be from an individual who knows him/her as a student, employee or volunteer, and can provide insight into his/her character, potential, motivation and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study; and a copy of his/her SAR (Student Aid Report). The SAR is generated after filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online on at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. High school students must submit, in addition to the above materials, their ACT or SAT score report. College/transfer students must submit, in addition to the above materials, a high school transcript if they are freshmen or transcripts from all previous institutions attended if they are transfer students. Applications must be submitted online. Supporting materials must be mailed to the address provided. Letters of recommendation may be emailed by the recommender to the address provided. All materials must be submitted by the deadline date.
Contact: Robert J. Hughes
Address: 1155 16th St. N.W. Washington, District of Columbia 20036

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