American Chemical Society
Scholarship Name: American Chemical Society Scholars Program
Description: The American Chemical Society established its ACS Scholars Program in 1994 to attract African American, Hispanic and American Indian students to pursue careers in the field of chemical sciences. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for qualified applicants on the basis of their academic standing, financial need, career objective, leadership skills, and community service. To be eligible, you must be a high school senior or college freshmen, sophomore, or junior of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian heritage. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, enrolled (or planning to enroll) full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be able to demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR) form. Finally applicants, must be majoring in or intending to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science and planning a career in the chemical sciences. To date, more than 1,900 students have received scholarships through the ACS Scholars Program, of which 55% are African Americans, 39% are Hispanic/Latino, 6% are Native American. In addition to scholarship assistance, the ACS Program also provides mentorship for its scholars from college and university faculty, and professionals in related industries and minority advocacy organizations.
Award: Up to $5,000
Awards per Year: Varies
Award is Open to: High school seniors or College Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian heritage
Major/Field of Study: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or a Chemically-Related Science
How to Apply/Contact: For more about the scholarship, visit the ACS website.
Sallie Mae Fund/United Negro College Fund
Scholarship Name: Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship
Description: The United Negro College Fund has teamed up with the Sallie Mae Fund to offer scholarships to African American students from low-income families. Scholarships range for $500 – $5,000. Applicants must be attending a two- or four-year college, university or vocational school anywhere in the United States. Only Pell Grant-eligible students who have American citizenship or are permanent residents of the United States may apply.
Awards per Year: Varies
Award is Open to: Undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need
Major/Field of Study: Open
How to Apply/Contact: The United Negro College Fund provides instructions on how to fill out a general application for their scholarship programs.