How to Apply for an ACS Scholars Award

The deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 academic year is March 1, 2016!

 

Who Can Apply?

African American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino 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.

Students at the following academic levels 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

*Please note that students intending to enter Pre-Med programs or pursuing a degree in Pharmacy are not eligible for this scholarship.

Eligibility and selection process

Award Amounts

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

Application Instructions

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

Contact Us

ACS Scholars Program
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Email: scholars@acs.org
Tel: 800.227.5558
ext. 6250
Fax: 202.872.4361


High School Senior Applicants

To apply, complete the online application form and submit required supporting documentation by March 1, 2016. 

Application Form

An email confirmation will be sent upon the successful completion of your application.

For applicants who have not yet started an application.

For applicants who are returning to complete their application.

Supporting Documentation


Supporting documents may be sent via mail, fax, or email depending on specified requirements. See details below for instructions.

Mailing Address:
ACS Scholars Program
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Email: scholars@acs.org

Fax:
202.872.4361


  • Official High School Transcript or Grade Report
    Transcript or grade report must be sent in a sealed envelope by your school and must include fall semester grades, otherwise the it will not be accepted. (We will accept electronic submissions of official high school transcripts if it comes directly from the school or a transcript clearing house. Email to scholars@acs.org)
  • SAT or ACT score report
    You may submit your SAT or ACT via email, fax, or mail (we are not online with the CollegeBoard or the ACT organization).
  • Two letters of recommendation
    At least one recommendation should come from a chemistry instructor or someone who is familiar with your work in science; the second recommendation should be from someone who knows you as a student, employee or volunteer, and can provide insight into your character, motivation and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study.
    (Recommenders only may email letters to scholars@acs.org. Students may send by mail original letters, sealed by the recommender in an envelope.)
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    The SAR is provided to you after your submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. We need your SAR for the academic year in which you are applying for the scholarship, not the current year’s SAR. (You may send via email to scholars@acs.org)

College/Transfer Students

To apply, complete the online application form and submit required supporting documentation by March 1, 2016.  

Application Form

An email confirmation will be sent upon the successful completion of your application.

For applicants who have not yet started an application.

For applicants who are returning to complete their application.

Supporting Documentation

The following are instructions to submit supporting documentation for college freshmen; college sophomores, juniors and seniors; and college transfer students.


Supporting documents may be sent via mail, fax, or email depending on specified requirements. See details below for instructions.

Mailing Address:
ACS Scholars Program
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Email: scholars@acs.org

Fax:
202.872.4361


College Freshmen
  • Official College Transcript or Grade Report
    Must be sent in a sealed envelope by the school and must include fall semester grades, otherwise the transcript will not be accepted. (We accept electronic submissions of official transcripts if sent by the Registrar or a transcript clearinghouse  scholars@acs.org)
  • Official High School Transcript (in addition to your college transcript)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    At least one recommendation from a faculty member in your field of study; the second recommendation should be from someone who knows you as a student, employee or volunteer, and can provide insight into your character, motivation and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study. Students may send original letters sealed by the recommender in an envelope to us by mail. (Recommenders only may email letters to scholars@acs.org)  
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    The SAR is provided to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. We need your SAR for the academic year in which you are applying for the scholarship, not the current year’s SAR. (You may send via email to scholars@acs.org)
College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Official College Transcript or Grade Report
    Must be sent in a sealed envelope by the school and must include fall semester grades, otherwise the transcript will not be accepted. (We accept electronic submissions of official transcripts if sent by the Registrar or a transcript clearinghouse only scholars@acs.org)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    At least one recommendation must be provided by faculty member in your field of study; the second recommendation should be from someone who knows you as a student, employee, or volunteer, and who can provide insight into your character, motivation, and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study. Students may send original letters sealed by the recommender in an envelope to us by mail. (Recommenders only may email letters to scholars@acs.org)
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    The SAR is provided to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. We need your SAR for the academic year in which you are applying for the scholarship, not the current year’s SAR. (You may send via mail or email scholars@acs.org)
College Transfer Students
  • Official College Transcripts or Grade Reports
    College transfer students must submit copies of official transcripts or grade reports from all previous institutions attended.

    They must be sent in a sealed envelope by the school and must include fall semester grades, otherwise the transcript will not be accepted.

    You do not have to submit multiple transcripts if the transcript from your current institution includes transferred credits/courses from previously attended schools.

    We accept electronic submissions of official transcripts if sent by the Registrar or a transcript clearinghouse only (scholars@acs.org)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    At least one recommendation must come from a faculty member in your field of study; the second recommendation should be from someone who knows you as a student, employee, or volunteer, and who can provide insight into your character, motivation, and ability to successfully complete a rigorous scientific course of study. Students may send original letters sealed by the recommender in an envelope to us by mail. (Recommenders only may email letters to scholars@acs.org)
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    The SAR is provided to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. We need your SAR for the academic year in which you are applying for the scholarship, not the current year’s SAR. (You may send your SAR via mail or email scholars@acs.org)