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

  • September 22, 2023: 2024 FOSSI application opens
  • January 31, 2024: Application due date
          Provide most recent, verifiable high school transcript (Subject to authentication) 
          Provide proof of acceptance at an HBCU (when available/confirmed)
  • April 15, 2024: Students are notified of FOSSI scholarship awards
  • May 1, 2024: College Decision Day 
  • September 2024: 2025 FOSSI application opens

Questions about eligibility?
If you have questions about eligibility, please contact futureofstemscholars.org/fossi/contact. Students applying for the scholarship will be responsible for disclosing any potential conflict of interest prior to the selection date.