Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI)

Open to All Students Pursuing Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 

Founded by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Chemours, and HBCU Week Foundation, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative  (FOSSI) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce by providing scholarships to students pursuing STEM degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and connects these students to internships, leadership development, and mentoring opportunities at participating companies. Sponsored by chemical manufacturers and related industry stakeholders, FOSSI provides scholarship recipients $10,000 per year for four years.

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Complete or have completed high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) and be entering their freshman year of college
  • Pursue studies in a pertinent chemical and engineering industry STEM field, with preferred majors including, but not limited to: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Material Science, Environmental Sciences, IT, Sustainability, Agriculture/Science, Aerospace Engineering
  • Attend a HBCU for the entirety of their college education
  • Have interest in pursuing a career in chemical manufacturing, engineering, environmental health and sustainability or other related chemical-industry fields
  • Demonstrate financial need

The FOSSI scholarship can be used for tuition and university-provided room and board.  A student may accept additional scholarships, but they cannot exceed the total cost of their education. Children of employees of founding partners and sponsoring organizations may apply for the FOSSI scholarship, excluding children of executive-level employees. 

To learn more about the FOSSI scholarship, please go to https://futureofstemscholars.org/fossi and apply today!

Important Dates

  • January 31, 2023: Applications Due 
  • April 15, 2023: Students Notified of Scholarship Awards
  • May 1, 2023: College Decision Day 

Questions about eligibility?
If you have questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected]. Students applying for the scholarship will be responsible for disclosing any potential conflict of interest prior to the selection date.