How to Apply for the ACS Scholars Program


Completed application and required documents must be submitted by March 1st annually

Nov 1st Application Opens

Mar 1st Application Closes

May 15th Results Announced

Aug 15thScholarship Checks Sent

  • Am I Eligible?

    To be considered for a scholarship through the ACS Scholars Program, candidates must:

    • Be African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
    • Be a full-time student at a high school or accredited college, university, or community college
    • Demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0 “B” or better)
    • Demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to, or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemically-related science
    • Be planning a career in the chemical sciences

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

  • Selection Process and Award Amounts

    The Selection Committee includes professionals in academia and the chemical industry, and some ACS Scholar Alumni. This committee reviews all applications to determine the best overall candidates.  The highest-rated students are selected as scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic record, career objective, leadership ability, participation in school activities and/or academic research, and community service.

    The amount of each individual award depends upon the availability of funding, the number of scholarships awarded, and evidence of financial need.  Scholarship recipients receive up to a maximum of $5,000 per year. Scholarship awards are renewable as long as Scholars maintain academic performance requirements.

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

      Official Transcript Two letters of recommendation Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
    Details Must include fall semester grades One letter must be from a chemistry, science, or math teacher or research advisor The SAR is provided to you after submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  SAR must be for the upcoming academic year, not the current year.
    How to send Must be sent directly from school either in a sealed envelope or by transcript clearing house to If mailed, send to ACS Scholars Program | 1155 16th St NW Washington, D.C. 20036 Must be emailed directly from the recommender to The SAR must be sent via email to
  • Accepted Majors and Career Goals

    Scholars Program Acceptable Majors (some): 

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

    Acceptable career goals (some):

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

    • High school seniors may apply for the scholarship program.
    • Unsure of which school you will be attending?  Don’t worry about it.  If you are selected, you will then be asked about your school information.
    • Only official transcripts will be accepted.  Ensure that your school sends us a transcript in a sealed envelope.  We accept virtual official transcripts as well.  Check to see if your school works with a transcript clearinghouse to send the transcript or ask a counselor/registrar to email us directly.  Send to
  • Undergraduate Students (2- and 4-Year Institutions)

    • College freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (attending for a 5th year or second bachelor’s degree) may apply for the scholarship program.
    • Are you transferring universities between this semester and the next?  Don’t worry about it. If you are selected, you will then be asked about your school information.
    • College freshman must submit both the college and high school transcripts.
    • If you have attended multiple universities for one academic year or longer, please provide the transcripts for those institutions. You do not have to submit multiple transcripts if the one from your current institution includes transferred credits/courses from previously attended schools.

Ready to Apply?

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For more information

Dr. Racquel Jemison  |  Program Manager
Phone: 1-800-227-5558 (ext. 6250)
Fax: 202-872-4361  |  Email:

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