Project SEED Scholarships

About the Scholarship

"Project SEED influenced my education and career plan by opening my eyes to the possibilities of lab work. I grew professionally during the project, as I learned a great deal about ethics in science, how to work in a lab environment, the importance of meeting deadlines, and the importance of thorough data collection. The project helped me understand that I have potential as a chemist. I am planning on pursuing an analytical chemistry degree and finding a career in the chemistry field. Project SEED completely changed my plans for my future, and I am thankful for that.”

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 3, 2018:

  • 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.

  • 2018 FAFSA Web Submission Confirmation Page (Due January 31, 2018) ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED
    (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

Contact Us

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

Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Winners!

David Bruns

Fishers of Men Academy, Rosamond,IL
Scholarship Recipient

David Burns

"Having been able to participate in the Project SEED program has influenced me to continue the research where I left off and to get involved in the undergraduate mentoring part of the Project SEED program while I am in college.”  

Jaqueline Sandoval

Garinger High School, Charlotte, NC
Scholarship Recipient

Jaqueline Sandoval

“If I had not participated in Project SEED, I do not think I would have the self-motivation I have today and will continue to have in the future.”

Malcom Wiseman

Pike High School, Indianapolis, IN
Scholarship Recipient

Malcom Wiseman

"Project SEED was a true eye opening experience. I have always wanted to be a surgeon, but since this summer of research I want to make sure my future involves a career in research. I now understand its importance to the world and how exciting it can be. I never would have guessed that I would get the opportunity to meet such wonderful people who gave me great advice. Ultimately shaping my new path as a scientist."