ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship

The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship is awarded to professionals in the chemistry field pursuing new careers as high school chemistry teachers.  

Scholarship recipients receive:

  • Scholarship stipends (up to $6,000 for full-time study or up to $3,000 for part-time study) towards the completion of a Masters degree in education or secondary chemistry/science certification.*  
  • Support and mentoring throughout their three year teaching commitment.  

The scholarship can be applied to tuition, books, room and board, and other education-related expenses and are renewable up to 3 years. Scholarships cannot be applied to expenses retroactively. 



To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a Bachelors degree or higher in chemistry or chemistry-related discipline
  • Have at least one year work experience in a chemistry-related profession**
  • Cannot have more than one year experience as a high school chemistry teacher.***
  • Be accepted into an education masters program or teacher certification program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2021 to be considered for 2020-2021.   Applications will be accepted beginning  Febraury 1,  2021.

View the acceptance and renewal requirements. 

See the recipients of the scholarship since 2008.  

The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship is one of the ACS-Hach Programs.  Learn about other programs and how they support high school chemistry teachers at every step of their careers.  

* Due to scholarship guidelines, scholarship stipends are distributed in equal installments two times per academic year. This may result in scholars receiving half of their total scholarship if they complete their program by the Fall semester.

** If you are a recent graduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar with less than one year of work experience, please consider applying for our ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship.

*** The purpose of the scholarship is to support career changers who will be new to the chemistry education profession.  If you are a current high school chemistry teacher and would like support, please consider applying for one of our ACS-Hach Grants.  

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Important Dates

2021 Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

2021 Applicant Decision Date

July 15, 2021

Eligible Chemistry-Related Disciplines

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Ceramic Science/
  • 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 Nanoscience
  • Paper and Pulp Technology
  • Toxicology