Scholars Program

Over $1,000,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to 300+ students annually.

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,500 students have received funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

*Number of awards and award amounts are determined by school year, demonstrated financial need, and available funding.

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Did You Know?

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In an era of phenomenal discoveries in chemical sciences and related fields, our nation is faced with the challenge of producing a generation of diverse scientific leaders who can tackle 21st-century challenges. Underrepresented (UR) students now make up a third of the college-age U.S. citizens, yet they earn about 18% of U.S. chemical science bachelor’s degrees and about 11% of chemistry PhDs. Graduation data shows that the current paradigm of moving students from undergraduate to graduate education fails to include many.

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More than 450 Scholar Alumni have completed a Ph.D. program. Of those, more than 50 have joined university faculty.

Nearly 75% of Scholar Alumni working full-time have chemistry-related roles

Over 90% of ACS Scholars plan to obtain a graduate degree.

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ACS Scholars Program
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