American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 350

The ACS Scholars Program is open to:

  • U.S. citizens or a legal permanent U.S. residents (please inquire via email if you have questions regarding asylum or DACA status)
  • African descent or Black, Hispanic or Latina/Latino/Latinx, or Indigenous (e.g. Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native) (please see below for more details)
  • Graduating high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Seniors can apply for their fifth year.
  • Those intending to major or are already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemistry-related science AND planning to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science as well (please see below for more details)
  • Full-time students at a high school or an accredited college, university, or community college
  • Those demonstrating high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0 or higher)

In the application you should select the race/ethnicity that you MOST identify with; use the “Other” field to provide more context. For example:

  • Hispanic or Latina/Latino/Latinx — A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American culture or origin, regardless of race
  • Indigenous — A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition
  • Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander — A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands that are U.S. territories
  • African decent or Black — A person having origins in any of the black, indigenous, racial groups of Africa
  • More than one race – A person having origins in more than one of the above racial categories.

Definitions have been adapted from the NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistical Tables NSF 15-321 published in May 2015 and Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, NSF 17-310 published in January 2017.

Examples of eligible majors:

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Environmental Science/Engineering (chemistry-based)*
  • Biomedical Engineering (chemistry-based)*
  • Forensic Science/Chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Food Science (not nutrition)
  • Paper and Pulp Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology or Nano Science
  • Ceramic Science / Chemistry / Technology
  • Industrial Chemistry

Examples of eligible career goals:

  • Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Technician
  • Forensic Chemist / Investigator
  • Chemistry / Biochemistry / Chemical Engineering Teacher / Professor
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Science Journalist
  • MD/PhD (research physician)
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