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 16, 2017:

  • 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.

  • 2016 FAFSA Web Submission Confirmation Page (Due January 31, 2016) 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



(202) 833-7732 

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 2016 Scholarship Winners!

Idris Barakat

Parkside High School, MD
Scholarship Recipient

Idris Barakat

"Upon completion of my project, I realized the true essence of research and the new discoveries it brings to light. Conducting research in the world of chemistry is like exploring a new land. And in this case, I want to be the explorer. I believe any person can be a catalyst for new discoveries.”

Stefannie Morales

University Gardens High School, PR
Scholarship Recipient

Stefannie Morales

“This was an important stride to accomplish my future goals since I know it will give me some advantages and qualities that are fundamental to create a prominent scientist desirable in any university or industry. I am very grateful to this Program because putting hands on a real research changed my life and made me realize that truly “Chemistry is life”.

Mayesha Awal

Lawrence North High School, IN
Scholarship Recipient

Mayesha Awal

"From my experience, I aspire to be a chemist, neurologist, or a researcher in the future. Project SEED has motivated me to consider research as a career option for me in the future as Project SEED was a fruitful and fascinating experience. The ability to impact my world by changing not only the health of my community but also the health of the entire world in a small laboratory is amazing, and in the future, I would like to have the opportunity to change the world for humanity. Project SEED was truly an invigorating program for me as it has significantly impacted my learning, changed me as a person and as a scientist, and has directed me to other possible career choices.”