ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship

The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship is awarded to professionals in the chemistry field pursuing a Masters degree in education or becoming certified as a chemistry/science teacher.

Scholarship recipients receive either up to $6,000 for full-time study or up to $3,000 for part-time study.* Recipients who meet the award criteria are eligible to renew the award annually up to three years.  The scholarship can be applied to tuition, books, room and board, and other education-related expenses. Scholarships cannot be applied to expenses retroactively. Interested applicants must submit an online application.


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

Application and Instructions

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2016 in order to be considered for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Information for Current Scholars

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* 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.  

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 Nano Science
  • Paper and Pulp Technology
  • Toxicology

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