Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities for Students

The Education Committee of the ACS Puget Sound Section is pleased to manage a number of scholarship, grant, and award opportunities for students in our section, including a NEW DEIR Scholarship available for historically underrepresented students.  Detailed information is below. Please feel free to distribute this information far and wide. Students must be enrolled in an institution within the ACS Puget Sound Section (please see this link for a list).

Please share this information with students.


$1500 Scholarships from the American Chemical Society: DEADLINE APRIL 1.

Two-year college students:

Four-year college students:

The DEIR Scholarship application is slightly different than the Wasserman and Rutherford scholarship applications. Students applying for the Wasserman/Rutherford scholarships may also apply for the DEIR scholarship by simply including a separate essay addressing the DEIR components. All other supporting materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts) are the same for all scholarships.


ACS Affiliate Chapter Grants (student led chem clubs) of up to $500 for activities and travel. Please pass along to your student groups and encourage this – we have $2000 budgeted with none of it spent yet. No set deadline! Link to application

We appreciate all of you who have been supporting this work by sharing the info with your students. Please continue to do so, and additionally encourage others you know to take advantage of these opportunities as well! 


Q. Can all Washington schools take advantage of these scholarships and awards?

A. No, since the funds for the scholarship come from the ACS Puget Sound region. See list of institutions 

Q. We don’t offer organic chem at our institution – can our students apply for the scholarships?

A. This has been a recurring discussion and we realize more and more schools are being forced to cut their organic program. The committee has agreed by majority to require at least concurrent enrollment in organic chem to demonstrate the student’s commitment to taking more than one year of college chem. 

Q. My 2- year college students want to apply but they are transferring to a 4-year next year so do they apply for the 2-year or the 4-year scholarship?

A. Students currently at a 2-year institution apply for the 2-year scholarship to use funds at a 4-year college. It is to encourage and support students to pursue chemistry when they transfer. The funds are not intended to be used for a 2-year student to continue taking courses at a 2-year institution but rather for transfer to a 4-year institution.

For any questions, please contact:

Jennie Mayer
ACS Puget Sound Section
Education Committee Chair