Chartered by the U.S. Congress, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has a mission of advancing the field of chemistry to benefit Earth and its people. This leading STEM nonprofit is currently investing up to $50 million to launch new initiatives that include the Strategic Initiative on Fostering a Skilled Technical Workforce, which will support diversity recruitment; the ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future; the Accelerating Digital Research Data Products Initiative; and the Chemical Abstracts Service Accelerating Life Sciences Growth Initiative. Together these initiatives are intended to have a transformational effect on the field of chemistry.
An ongoing goal of the ACS is attracting and supporting students, especially diverse students, interested in chemistry. To that end, the donor-supported ACS Scholars Program [www.donate.acs.org/scholars] awards more than $1 million in renewable scholarships to underrepresented college students every year. This funding is available to underrepresented high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in a chemical science program at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The 27-year-old program also provides these students with rich professional development, mentoring, and internship opportunities that help them gain research experience and establish a network of professional contacts.
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Eligible candidates: Indigenous, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino; demonstrate high achievement in science; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; full-time studentsDeadline: Applications open November 1 and close March 1.
The AISES scholarship program provides students with opportunities to compete for a range of funding sources. Sponsors such as Oracle, BNSF Railway, Intel, and VGT, among others, have supported AISES students through scholarships.
START DATE: 2022–2023 academic year
END DATE: 2022–2023 academic year
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Undergrad, grad; must be an AISES member; requirements for specific scholarships vary.
The signature scholarship of the American Indian College Fund recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The College Fund distributes millions of dollars annually to thousands of Native students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at nonprofit, accredited schools. There are no financial need requirements. Only 1 percent of college students are Indigenous, and they experience poverty at almost double the rate of the general population. For many of these students, support like the Full Circle Scholarship funds is a crucial component of their academic success.
START DATE: 2022–2023 school year
END DATE: 2022–2023 school year
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: American Indian and Alaska Native college students who are members or descendants of members of federally and state recognized tribes
DEADLINE: May 31
Five individual bursaries (scholarships) for Indigenous medical students are available through the Canadian Medical Foundation, an independent organization that promotes philanthropy among health professionals.
LOCATION: Three awards are earmarked for the University of Manitoba.
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ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Must be Indigenous and studying medicine; financial need
DEADLINE: August 1, November 1, February 1
The CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity supports internship opportunities for eligible undergraduates through the Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program. The CDC partners with five universities to offer this 10-week summer opportunity.
START DATE: Varies
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ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; recent college graduate or undergraduate entering junior or senior year; some opportunities have other specific requirements
The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program offers funding to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students who have demonstrated a special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in DoD civil service roles following graduation. Participants receive tuition and other expenses, as well as a cash award and health insurance allowance. The program’s goal is to produce the next generation of DoD science and technology leaders.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: All collegiate academic levels (undergraduate to PhD); citizen of U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application; must meet certain other criteria
DEADLINE: Applications open on August 1, 2022
Designed to support underrepresented, first-time college students by fully covering “unmet” financial needs (those not met by other funding sources), whether tuition, room and board, or textbooks and fees, the Gates Scholarship (pre-2017 it was known as the Gates Millennium Scholarship) is applicable at accredited institutions of higher learning, including online programs. Scholarship awards vary, but average about $12,000. Scholars also benefit from mentoring, career counseling, and networking with thousands of past scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, eligible for a Pell Grant, and have a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander, African American, or Hispanic American and meet other requirements
DEADLINE: Dates vary year to year and the application process proceeds in phases, opening in July with a September deadline for phase 1 and a January phase 2 deadline for those who qualified in phase 1.
This pre-college national scholarship program provides funds for high-performing seventh-grade students with financial need to attend a rigorous private high school. Additionally, this five-year program provides academic and college counseling through high school graduation — each Young Scholar is assigned an on-staff educational advisor. The foundation also offers Cooke-sponsored summer programs and internships, and provides financial support for enrichment opportunities (such as art and music lessons) and year-round community programming. Young Scholars also receive special consideration for Cooke Foundation College Scholarships of up to $40,000 per year.
LOCATION: Available nationwide (U.S.) START DATE: N/A
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Must be in seventh grade and attending a high school in the
U.S. or a U.S. territory; no grade lower than a C in a core academic subject; maximum adjusted gross family income of $95,000; available for required multiweek summer programs
DEADLINE: Application period opens in February (sign up for an alert at jkcf.org/ysp)
Scholarships for high school senior women and nonbinary people are offered by the Women at Microsoft employee resource group to applicants who have financial need, are passionate about technology, and are heading to a two- or four-year academic program in preparation for a career in a STEAM field.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Graduating high school seniors who identify as women; 3.0 GPA or higher
DEADLINE: Typically mid-March
The National Security Agency offers various work study programs, including in computer science and data processing, for high school seniors during the school year.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: High school junior; GPA of 3.5 or higher; U.S. citizen; various other requirements
DEADLINE: Apply by October 31
Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the partnership provides fellowships for Native American graduate students in STEM fields.
LOCATION: Varies among participating institutions
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Varies; connect with partner schools for individual requirements
One of the oldest STEM internships in the country, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program accepts students from all STEM disciplines. Participants are nominated by the director of their campus-based geoscience field camps (a standard in the education of geoscientists), a field instructor, or GIS credentials and matched by USGS scientists with paid programs lasting 10–12 weeks. Projects may be based in the field, in the laboratory, or both, and some projects continue in subsequent years.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Must be U.S. citizen
DEADLINE: TBD for 2022, typically mid-December