ACS Scholars

The American Chemical Society Scholars Program celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015


The program awards renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to underrepresented minority students who want to enter chemistry or chemical engineering or related fields such as environmental science, toxicology, and chemical technology.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, C&EN is launching a series of profiles of current and former ACS Scholars.

The profiles will run in the last issue of each month.


January 26, 2015
Mentorship helped this ACS Scholar climb from welfare recipient to Ivy League professor
February 23, 2015
This scientist-turned-editor also uses his skill to hone his stand-up comedy
March 30, 2015
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, polymer science professor now mentors others in chemistry-focused program aimed at underrepresented minority students
April 27, 2015
Forensics specialist leverages her analytical chemistry training in her work for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
May 25, 2015
A love of science and hands-on activities drove ACS Scholar Kimberly Ortiz to a chemical engineering career
June 29, 2015
ACS Scholars Program paved way for Ron Walker’s polymer chemistry career
July 27, 2015
With support from family, church, and the Native American community, this ACS Scholar pursued chemical engineering
August 31, 2015
An undergraduate professor sparked this ACS Scholar to switch majors, leading to a career in academe
September 28, 2015
A love of teaching and chemistry led this ACS Scholar to become a professor
October 26, 2015
Chemical engineering has taken this ACS Scholar around the world to encourage others to take up STEM educationr
November 30, 2015
A fascination with spider silk and uses for natural materials led this ACS Scholar to an industrial career in materials science
December 21, 2015
Diverse military base schools cemented an early interest in science