Project SEED Scholarships

About the Scholarship

Project SEED scholarships are nonrenewable and only awarded to first-year college students. Selection is based on achievement in school, success in the Project SEED program, financial need, and intended chemical-related field of scientific study.

The scholarships are intended to assist former SEED participants in their transition from high school to college and consist of up to $5,000.


To be eligible for a Project SEED College Scholarship, a high school must be a senior and have worked at least one summer at a science institute under the Project SEED program. Scholarships are restricted to students who plan to pursue in a chemical science or engineering field such as chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, materials science, or some other closely related major.

Project SEED College Scholarship Applications are to be submitted only by students who have participated in the Summer I or Summer II SEED program and who are entering their senior year in the fall.

How to Apply

Eligible students should submit the following by December 1, 2015:

  • Official High School Transcript
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (high school science teacher and ACS Project SEED mentor)

Mentor Recommendation. The letter from your mentor should include a description of the progress made on the research project, the applicant’s attitude toward research, aptitude and enthusiasm toward chemistry, and potential as a future scientist/professional in a chemical-related field. This letter may be provided by either your research mentor or by the individual (e.g., graduate student, post-doc, technician, etc.) directly supervising your research in the lab.

High School Teacher Recommendation. The letter from the high school teacher should include a description of the applicant’s enthusiasm and commitment toward a chemistry-related career, as well as their academic success.  The letter should also describe to the extent possible, the impact ACS Project SEED has had on the applicant.

  • 2016 FAFSA Web Submission Confirmation Page

(e.g. comments, abstracts, personal statements, resumes, references, etc.)

Send your documents via:


American Chemical Society
Project SEED Office
Room 833
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036



(202) 833-7732 

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like more information about the scholarship, contact or call (800) 227-5558 ext. 4380

Yousef Abdelmotaal, Scholarship Recipient

Yousef Abdelmotaal

Scholarship Recipient

My experience with Project SEED encouraged me to pursue a career in chemistry and opened my eyes to a whole different world of science.  I hope I can unitize the skills I learned over the summer. Like Project SEED, I hope I can teach other students effective communication, confidence, teamwork, and collaboration.”

Yousef Abdelmotaal, Scholarship Recipient

Fernanda Perez

Scholarship Recipient

"Project SEED allowed me to get a summer’s worth of experience in a research lab and made me realize it was what I’d want to do not only in college but as a career. My summer experience served as not only a guide but a small taste of what I’m working towards; a research career in biochemistry.”