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Jan. 6, 2009 – Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen said today that Hispanic and African American students from the Virgin Islands studying chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry or a chemically-related science are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the American Chemical Society Scholars Program.
The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on college level and economic need. Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2009, for the 2009-2010 school year. Applications and instructions are available online at www.acs.org/scholars. Applicants with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250. The ACS scholarship program is aimed at attracting Hispanic, African American and Native American students who are high school seniors, or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Community college students are also encouraged to apply.
ACS, the world's largest scientific society, began this scholars program in 1995 in an attempt to attract underrepresented minorities to the chemistry field and to build awareness of the many opportunities for a career in chemistry. To date, the ACS Scholars Program has awarded more than $10.8 million in scholarships to nearly 2,000 undergraduate students. In addition to financial support, the program provides mentoring and research and networking opportunities that help students acquire the skills and credentials needed for a successful career.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.