American Chemical Society Scholars Program

March 1, 2016
Maximum Award: 
$20,000 ($5,000 per year renewable for four years)
High school and college students (see comments)
For high school seniors and college students who are underrepresented minorities

If you are an African American, Native American or Hispanic student interested in studying a chemically-related field, the American Chemical Society Scholars Program can help pay your way.

They offer renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to eligible students who want to study of chemistry or chemistry-related fields, such as environmental science, toxicology and chemical technology. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors are eligible to apply.


High school students must submit the following:

  • Application Form (this link will be active after November 1)
  • Official transcript or grade report (most recent)
  • ACT or SAT score report
  • Two letters of recommendation (They require at least one recommendation from a chemistry instructor or someone who is familiar with your work in science. Recommenders may email letters to, or students may send original, sealed letters by mail.
  • Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR). This form is provided to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). Information on the form is kept confidential.


  • Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be a full-time student at a high school or accredited college, university, or community college
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0, "B" or better)
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR) form
  • Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science OR intending to or already pursuing a degree in chemical technology
  • Be planning a career in the chemical sciences.

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