Science Scholarships

The goal of the ACS Scholars Program is to raise awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in science and to assist students in acquiring the skills and credentials necessary for success in these areas. The Program provides renewable scholarships of up to $5,000.00 to underrepresented minority students i.e. students who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian and who wish to pursue undergraduate degrees in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, material science, toxicology, and environmental science.

Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be full-time students at a high school or accredited community college, senior college, or university. Students must demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science with a GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, students must demonstrate financial need and intend to pursue a career in the chemical sciences

The APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors consists of a $2,000.00 award per year for new recipients and $3,000.00 per year for renewal recipients to be used for tuition, room and board, and educational materials.

The goal of this scholarship is to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students to enhance their educational potential and help prepare them for success in various careers. 

Eligible applicants must be African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American. They must also be high school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Applicants must be physics majors or students intending to major in physics.

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Computational science is an interdisciplinary approach that uses algorithms, mathematics and computers to analyze and solve scientific and engineering problems. The fellowship seeks to ensure an adequate supply of trained scientists and engineers to carry out DOE’s mission in Computational Sciences.

The award provides tuition and a $28,000 annual stipend for up to four years, $2,500 for a personal computer, and a $1,000 academic allowance. Eligible fields of study are chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physics, space sciences, and statistics.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with high GPA’s. Recipients must be senior undergraduates or first/second year graduate students and must pursue full-time study towards a Ph.D. at a U.S institution and must attend practicum at a Department of Energy lab.

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program is designed to provide selected undergraduates with a scholarship award of up to $8,000.00 for two academic years of full time study and a ten week internship during the summer at a NOAA facility. The internship takes place between the first and second years of the award. The scholarship program seeks to increase training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education and to foster multidisciplinary training opportunities consistent with the NOAA mission which focuses on ecosystems, climate, weather and water and environmentally sound commerce and transportation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled as a full-time second year student in a four year institution or a full-time third year student in a five year program at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S territories. Students must earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and have declared a major in a discipline including but not limited to, oceanic, environmental biological and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences, including geography, physics, hydrology, geometrics, or teacher education that supports NOAA’s programs and missions. Typically there are about 100 Hollings Undergraduate Scholars in any given year.

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds that are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or qualified noncitizens. Applicants must also be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time students at accredited 4-year undergraduate institutions’. The program is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This means that the applicant's financial aid office must certify that the applicant has "exceptional financial need." A further requirement is a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or being within the top 5 percent of the applicant's class. Top consideration is given to applicants who have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate course work, including four core science courses and are classified by their educational institutions as juniors or seniors as of the beginning of the academic year of scholarship.

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.  NOTE: the number of positions in Hamilton, Framingham, Phoenix, and Detroit is limited.

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