FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 07, 2020

Scholarship applications open for underrepresented students in the chemical sciences

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2020 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 per year for African American, Hispanic/Latinx and Native American students majoring in chemistry-related fields and pursuing chemistry-related careers. Qualified students may be studying at community colleges or four-year institutions. Graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply. 

Eligible majors include, but are not limited to, chemistry, materials science, forensic chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and chemical technology. Students pursuing pre-med, pharmacy, nursing or veterinary programs are not eligible.

In addition to providing financial support, the ACS Scholars Program pairs students with academic and/or professional mentors. These relationships can span entire careers. Conference travel awards and several internship opportunities are also offered.

Scholarship applications will be accepted online at the ACS Scholars Program website through March 1, 2020, for the academic year 2020-21. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250, or by emailing

The Scholars program, now celebrating a milestone of 25 years, aims to build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry and help students acquire the skills and credentials needed for success. More than 1,700 ACS Scholars have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences, and a substantial number have gone on to graduate school and/or have entered the workforce in their field. The program awards more than $1 million in scholarship funds to 400 students annually.  

The ACS Scholars Program is generously supported by:

Founding Partner $1 million+

PPG Industries

Benefactor $1 million

Procter & Gamble

Visionary Partners $500,000


The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation


Sustaining Partners $250,000

ACS Petroleum Research Fund


Dow Corning


Merck & Co. Inc.


Société de Chimie Industrielle

Partners $100,000

Air Products




CME ACS – Chemical Marketing and Economics Group, ACS NY Section

Dow Chemical Co.


Gilead Sciences



The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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