How to Apply for an ACS Scholars Award

Application cycle: November 1 - March 1 (annually)

Who Can Apply?

African American, Native American and Hispanic students planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field with outstanding academic records and a desire to pursue a career in the chemical sciences can apply for an ACS Scholars Award.

The following students are eligible to apply:

  • high school seniors entering college and planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field
  • college freshmen, sophomores or juniors currently pursuing or planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically related field
  • community college students majoring in a two-year chemical technology program or planning to transfer to a four-year school

Eligibility requirements and selection process

Award Amounts

  • $2,500 for freshman
  • $3,000 for sophomores
  • $5,000 for juniors and seniors

Application Instructions

High School Student Applicants

High school students must submit the following:

  • Application Form
    Application Form for new applicants

    For new applicants who have not yet started an application this year
    Returning Applicants

    For applicants who want to complete an application already started for this year
  • Official transcript or grade report (after the fall semester)
  • ACT or SAT score report
  • Two letters of recommendation
    We require at least one recommendation from a chemistry instructor or someone who is familiar with your work in science.
    *Recommenders may email letters to scholars@acs.org, or students may send original, sealed letters by mail.
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    The SAR is provided to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). Information on the form is kept confidential.

Mail supporting documentation to:

American Chemical Society Scholars Program
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

College/Transfer Student Applicants

College freshmen and transfer students must submit the following:

  • Application Form
    New Applicants

    For new applicants who have not yet started an application this year
    Returning Applicants

    For applicants who want to complete an application already started for this year
  • Official transcript of grades (afer the fall semester)
    College freshmen
    :
    Provide a high school transcript in addition to the college transcript.
    Transfer students
    :
    Submit copies of transcripts from all previous institutions attended (transcripts from current institutions that include transferred credits/courses is acceptable).
  • Two letters of recommendation
    We require at least one recommendation from a faculty member in your field of study. The second letter of recommendation should be from someone who knows you as a student, employee or volunteer, and can provide insight into your character, potential, motivation and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study.
    *Recommenders may email letters to scholars@acs.org, or students may send sealed, original letters by mail.
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    The SAR is provided to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). Information on the form is kept confidential.

Mail supporting documentation to:

American Chemical Society Scholars Program
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


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Accepted Majors and
Career Goals

Majors

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

Career Goals

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