ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship

Scholarship at a Glance

Recipient Student, Chemistry Professional, Early Career
Category Teaching,  Professional Development
AmountUp to $6,000
DeadlineMay 1, 2023


To provide financial support for chemistry professionals to obtain a masters degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry.


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 three years. Scholarships cannot be applied to expenses retroactively.

Important Dates

Application Opens: February 1, 2023

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Applicant Decision Date: July 14, 2023


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

Eligible Chemistry-Related Disciplines

  • Agricultural Chemistry 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Ceramic Science/ Chemistry/Technology 
  • 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

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2023 to be considered for 2023-2024. Applications will be accepted beginning Febraury 1, 2023.

Information for Current Scholars

View the acceptance and renewal requirements.

About ACS-Hach Programs

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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