FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 14, 2021

Applications open for scholarships for underrepresented students in chemical sciences 

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2021 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 per year for Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American undergraduate students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines. 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, toxicology, biochemistry, chemical engineering and chemical technology.

In addition to providing financial support, the ACS Scholars Program helps to pair students with academic and professional mentors, provides access to internship experiences, and offers conference travel awards.

Scholarship applications will be accepted online at the ACS Scholars Program website through March 1, 2021, for the academic year 2021-22; details are available on the website. Additional information is available by emailing

The Scholars program, now in its 26th year, aims to build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry and to help students acquire the skills and networks needed for success. Over 1,900 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 entered the workforce in their field. 

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
W.R. Grace & Co.

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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