ACS Scholars Program

Over $1,000,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to 300+ students annually.

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,500 students have received funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

*Number of awards and award amounts are determined by school year, demonstrated financial need, and available funding.

Did You Know?

In an era of phenomenal discoveries in chemical sciences and related fields, our nation is faced with the challenge of producing a generation of diverse scientific leaders who can tackle 21st-century challenges. Underrepresented (UR) students now make up a third of the college-age U.S. citizens, yet they earn about 18% of U.S. chemical science Bachelor’s degrees and about 11% of chemistry PhDs.  Graduation data shows that the current paradigm of moving students from undergraduate to graduate education fails to include many.

The ACS Scholars Program

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More than 450 Scholar Alumni have completed a Ph.D. program. Of those, more than 50 have joined university faculty.

Nearly 75% of Scholar Alumni working full-time have chemistry-related roles

Over 90% of ACS Scholars plan to obtain a graduate degree.

For more information

Phone: 1-800-227-5558 (ext. 6250)
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ACS Scholars Program
1155 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036