Scholarships Available through the Chemistry Department
ACS-Hach Scientific Scholarship – Awarded to two undergraduate chemistry majors who are full-time students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and have a commitment to becoming a high school chemistry teacher. Preference is given to students with demonstrated need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Recipients will be known as ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholars and must agree to provide the donor with brief statements describing their career status annually for five years after graduation. Approximately $9,700 award. Open to US citizens or permanent residents. AcademicWorks application required.
Dr. Uche Anyanwu Memorial Fund – Awarded to the top three posters by chemistry majors at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Established by Dr. Ucheoma O. Akobundu to honor her late husband, who was part of the DV Group. Awarded by Selection Committee. Students must submit abstracts for approval.
Michael Bruno Chemistry Scholarship – Scholarship support for an undergraduate student in the department of chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need. Preference for a student who is a resident of Massachusetts. AcademicWorks application required.
Chemistry Undergraduate Research Fund – The award for the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Research is funded by donations. The award is given to a chemistry major of high academic achievement to support research in the department. If interested, a Faculty nomination and AcademicWorks application are required.
J.F.B. Fund for Undergraduate Research – The award is for summer research for a chemistry major of high academic achievement for research support in the department. Made possible by the gift of Juanita Bradspies, chemistry major, class of 1959. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
Sir Harold W. Kroto & Steve F. A. Acquah GEOSET Award – Awarded to a chemistry major who has demonstrated excellence in science communication through digital media. Approximately $200 award. AcademicWorks application required.
Jay A. Pirog Scholarship - Annual award to a chemistry major who has a financial need and maintains a 3.2 GPA. Established in memory of a former student by his mother and raised funds. By Award Selection Committee only.
Positron Award - Honors Professors Dhandapani Venkataraman and Justin Fermann and promotes teaching and research. The award is given to a student who shows a strong interest in Chemistry, has exhibited leadership, has contributed to teaching and research, has given back to the community, and has clear future goals. AcademicWorks application is required, self-nomination, faculty and peer nominations.
Professor Jack Ragle Endowed Fund in Chemistry – Awarded to a chemistry major of high academic achievement for summer research in physical chemistry. Made possible by the generous gift of chemistry alum, Dr. Edward P. Marram '59, '61MS. Approximately $4,000 award. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
George Richason, Jr. Scholarship for Distinguished Undergraduate TA (In Honor of Earl J. McWhorter and George R. Richason, Jr.) – Honors the late professor and alumnus, and is awarded for excellence in teaching as recognized by students and faculty. Nominated by faculty and peers.
Edward Shapiro Fund - Scholarships based on need and scholarship to a son or daughter of a New England Nuclear employee, son or daughter of a Massachusetts subsidiary of Dupont, or, if no candidates from these two categories, a chemistry major at any of the UMass campuses. Awarded to students who are matriculated at UMass, chemistry majors, and in the freshman to junior classes. 2-5 students are awarded $600 each. By Award Selection Committee only (no application or nomination required).
Mr. Tompkins Award – Awarded to two chemistry majors who have shown devotion to the discipline by success in the research lab. $150 prize. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.