Chemistry Scholarships

Chemistry is a field of science that concerns itself with studying the composition, structure and properties of matter. Chemistry studies the atoms and molecules that make up matter to try to understand, manipulate and use their interactions and transformations.

Chemistry is one of the most basic of sciences and most every science course will include a little bit of chemistry. If you’re studying to become a doctor or nurse, you’re going to take chemistry courses. Same if you’re planning to be a pharmacist or nutritionist. Other scientists, such as physicists, biologists or geologists also use a bit of chemistry in their studies.

List of Chemistry Scholarships Currently Available

American Chemistry Society Scholars Program (Primarily for underrepresented minority groups)
American Council of Independent Laboratories (For students entering junior or senior year of bachelor degree studies)
American Society for Microbiology  Undergraduate Research Fellowship (For students from an underrepresented group in the field of microbiology)
AMS Graduate Fellowships (For those pursuing a Master’s degree in atmospheric related studies)
APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women (Must work at one of three research locations (San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; or Yorktown Heights, NY)
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program (Must meet minimum GPA standards)
Electrochemical Society Student Travel Grants (Candidates must submit a paper and be a full-time student or a post-doctoral research fellow)
Elmhurst Garden Club Award (For degrees related to Horticulture)
Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut Fund (For Connecticut residents)
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship (Graduate program for select schools)
Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship (For graduate students pursuing a degree related to crystallography)
National Association of Water Companies (For New Jersey residents)
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (Applicants must intend to pursue a doctoral degree)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (For graduate students)
National Science Foundation S-STEM Stars Scholarship (Must meet with designated adviser monthly as well as provide future mentoring)
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Sciences (Summer internship program for atmospheric studies)
Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (Must meet GPA requirements and be in top 10% of class)
Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (For students at Emory University)
United Negro College Fund – Merck Science Research Scholarship (For African American students pursuing a variety of majors)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Grote Scholarship (Must enroll in a Chemistry program at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga)
West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship (Applicant must be willing to relocate to and work in the state of WV)
Women’s Environmental Council (For female students in California)
Woods Hole Oceanic Institution Summer Student Fellowship Program (For underrepresented minority students)
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship (Offered to minority students who meet GPA requirements)
Zannoni Summer Undergraduate Research Individual Awards (For pharmacology related studies)

Chemistry Degree

If you want to learn more than just a bit of chemistry, you might want to consider a chemistry degree. Chemistry degrees have an emphasis on math and – of course – chemistry. You will study general chemistry as well as organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry. There will also be classes on physics, biology, calculus, probability, statistics and computer sciences.

Specialized Chemistry Degree

Aside from a general chemistry degree, many chemists choose to specialize in one or two fields of study, Some chemistry specializations include chemical engineering which studies chemical processes and transformations to create useful substances; biochemistry which studies chemical processes within living organisms; analytical chemistry which works to identify materials and evaluate their properties; astrochemistry which studies matter in space and how elements and molecules behave there; organic chemistry which works with carbon and carbon-compounds; nuclear chemistry which studies radioactive materials and how to harness them; and physical chemistry which works in energy research examining the relationship between matter and energy.

Chemistry has many real life applications and chemistry degree holders could find themselves applying their knowledge in a variety of fields. They can pursue a career in teaching or research or may also enter the corporate world.


Research is always a good career path for a chemist. Aside from the usual university or research institute based positions though, a career as a research chemist can also take you into the corporate world.

The biotechnology and the pharmaceuticals industry is always looking for chemists for their research labs to develop new materials and substances such as medicines and food supplements, petrochemicals, metals, and plastics.

The forensic sciences use chemistry as well. Chemistry is used to analyze and identify unknown materials and nonbiological trace evidence collected from crime scenes.
A chemistry degree can serve as an undergraduate degree for someone wanting to get into medical or dentistry school. You can also pursue a master’s degree in engineering and become a chemical engineer. You can also think about heading to law school where your science background will give you a good base to pursue patent or environmental law.

Financial Aid

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry, it would be best to first pursue a few leads as to how you can get financial aid in your studies. Many colleges and universities offer scholarship and financial aid programs for chemistry students as do corporations and professional associations.

Chemistry is also commonly classified as a “critical need” field by governments and – as part of a push to increase the number of people in the field of chemistry – they often offer a great number of chemistry scholarships. Check both your local and national governments for scholarship opportunities.

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