College scholarships for minority students studying the chemical sciences
Renewable scholarships from $1,000 to $5,000 per year are available for minority students entering chemistry-related fields. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program awards scholarships to qualified African American, Hispanic and American Indian students entering or already in community colleges and four-year institutions. ACS accepts applications from graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Applications will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2013, through March 1, 2014, for the academic year 2014-2015. Applications are accepted online on the ACS Scholars Program website (www.acs.org/scholars). Additional information is available by calling 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250, or by emailing [email protected].
A degree in chemistry prepares students for employment in such varied fields as medical research and drug design, environmental studies, forensics, food, the search for alternate energy sources, safeguarding national security and engineering new materials.
According to a recent article in the ACS weekly newsmagazine, Chemical & Engineering News, both salaries and the job market are improving for chemists overall, and full-time employment for chemists in 2013 is at its highest level in five years. The magazine also reported that the median starting salary for new B.S. chemistry graduates in 2012 was $40,000 (the most recent data available). For M.S. graduates, it was $49,500, and for Ph.D. graduates, it was $75,000.
ACS established the Scholars program in 1995 to attract underrepresented minorities to the chemical sciences and to build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry. In addition to financial support, the program provides mentoring and research and networking opportunities that help students acquire the skills and credentials needed for a successful career. Since its inception, the ACS Scholars Program has awarded more than $15 million to more than 2,500 students. For the academic year 2014-2015, ACS expects to award approximately $1 million to both new and continuing scholars.
Examples abound of how these scholarships can help change lives. One former scholar who is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry said, “It is a dream coming true, and the ACS Scholars Program has played a big role in helping me to build a great future for my life as a chemist. I do not think I have the words to express how grateful I am.”
Another former scholar was named to an endowed university chair, the Climo Professorship in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve. After receiving a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, yet another scholar was hired by S.C. Johnson as a senior associate in Chemistry and Strategic Sciences (R&D).
The ACS Scholars Program is generously supported by:
PPG Industries Foundation, Inc.
Visionary Partners $500,000+
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
P&G Beauty & Grooming
Sustaining Partners $250,000+
ACS Petroleum Research Fund
Dow Corning Foundation
Schering-Plough Research Institute
Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Société de Chimie Industrielle — American Section
The program is also supported through the generosity of many individual donors, ACS local sections and ACS members, including more than 60 former ACS Scholars.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
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