ACS Scholars Program

$5,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
3/1/2023Submission Deadline

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is a scholarship program open to African American/Black, Native American/American Indian, and Hispanic or Latino undergraduate students in the United States.

Scholars are expected to be enrolled in a full-time chemical sciences degree at an accredited institution and pursue a career in chemical sciences upon graduation.

Scholars are awarded $5,000, with the number of scholars varying annually. Scholarship checks are sent directly to the scholars’ institution/faculty in August for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester. Scholarships can be used to cover tuition, academic fees, and up to $500 of textbooks only.

Key Information of ACS Scholars Program

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Chemistry
  • Science

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


ACS Scholars Program Timeline

November 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on November 1.

March 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on March 1.

May 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced on May 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Freshman – College Junior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 3
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Asian American, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the ACS Scholars Program


Demonstrate high academic achievement

This scholarship program is very competitive with only one winner. It is merit-based therefore only those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher have better chances of winning. So work hard on keeping your grades up and maintaining your GPA. Grades will be an indicator of how dedicated and serious you are.


Show financial need

Each Scholar is required to complete an annual Renewal Form in the spring to ensure that the financial need criterion is maintained throughout the receipt of the ACS award.


Personal statement objective and review

Your personal statement is your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Make it concise and interesting – ensure it captures your pursuit of a degree in chemistry or chemistry related-discipline. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.


Meet the eligibility criteria

This scholarship is for minorities. Before applying, check to see if your race/ethnicity is eligible and select the race/ethnicity you most identify with.

How the ACS Scholars Program is Judged

The ACS selection committee awards scholarships based on applicant's academic records, career objectives, participation in school activities or research, and leadership qualities.

Why We Love the ACS Scholars Program


Scholarship funds can be deferred

Scholars are allowed to defer their scholarship funds for a number of reasons. Check the site to know on what grounds scholarship funds may be deferred and notify the ACS Scholars office as soon as possible.


Scholarship can be renewed

The ACS Scholars award is renewable for up to seven years and 10 semesters as long as you meet the program's requirements. Scholars are also allowed to reapply after seven years.


GPA requirement may be waived

ACS believes there are exceptional circumstances that could affect a student’s current academic performance. If a student communicates such to ACS staff, the society may waive strict adherence to a GPA of 3.0 if a student demonstrates high potential to meet the GPA requirement.

5 Facts About American Chemical Society


$1,000,000 awarded annually

The American Chemical Society awards over $1,000,000 in scholarship funds to more than 300 students annually.


More than 3,400 ACS alumni

About 450 American Chemical Society Alumni have also gone on to complete a Ph.D. program, and more than 50 have joined a university faculty.


Founded in 1876

The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization and champion of chemistry with over 140 years of experience.


Over 151,000 members

The ACS is one of the world's largest scientific organizations and a leading publisher of authoritative scientific information, with over 151,000 members and 200+ branches spread across 140 countries.


Internships and scholarships through SCI

The ACS partnered with SCI America International Group to provide internships to ACS Scholars at several SCI member organizations.

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