World's largest scientific society seeks minority students for scholarships

November 17, 2003

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is accepting applications for its Scholars Program, a financial support effort for underrepresented minority students in the chemical sciences. The applications are for the 2004 academic year. African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American recipients are eligible to receive $2,500 to $3,000 and awards are renewable. Students in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, environmental science and related disciplines at two- and four-year colleges may apply for scholarships.

The deadline to apply for the program is February 15. For more details about the ACS Scholars Program and an online application form, visit or call 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250.

The Society expects to award approximately $850,000 this academic year to current and new scholars.

"The purpose of the American Chemical Society Scholars Program is to diversify the chemical sciences, both in academe and the workforce, by helping those minority groups underrepresented in this arena to achieve their undergraduate degrees, and to encourage them to advance in chemistry or a chemically related field," says ACS President Elsa Reichmanis.

The Society's 2000 ChemCensus Report showed that relatively few minorities major in science-related disciplines at the college level. In 2000, for example, Hispanics, who make up 14 percent of the U.S. population, represented 2.6 percent of the chemistry workforce; African Americans, at almost 12 percent of the population, comprised less than 2 percent of the chemical workforce; and Native Americans, representing 1 percent of the population, made up less than 1 percent of the chemical workforce.

Since the Scholars Program was launched with a $5 million grant in 1995, more than 1,350 underrepresented minority students have received scholarships based on a mix of academic achievement and financial need. In total, students in the program represent 391 colleges and universities in 49 states and territories, according to Robert Hughes, the program's manager.

PPG and other firms including AstraZeneca, Bayer, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble and Xerox have all contributed $100,000 or more to the program. Many companies also offer mentoring and paid internships to selected program participants as an integral part of a student's academic and career development plan.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of the 2003 American Chemical Society Scholars Award winners.

2003 American Chemical Society Scholars Winners

Odinakachukwu A. Ehie (Xavier University)
Michael A. White (Vanderbilt University)

Andrea C. Shaffer (Colorado School of Mines)

Jose L. Guzman (Arizona State University)
Silvia C. Robles (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Manuel Parra Vasquez, III (Univ. of Arizona)

Amy C. Avelar (Univ. of California Riverside)
David Castillo (California Lutheran University)
Shirley Lemus Hufstedler (Harvard University)
Oliver Montes (Rio Hondo College)
Oliver Montes (Pasadena City College)

Alana M. Montoya (University of Denver)

Danea J. Campbell (Yale University)
Ryan R. Richardson (Northeastern University)

Natasha M. Safaee (Virginia Wesleyan College)

Cheryl L. Allen (Brown University)
Luis A. Bryce (University of Miami)
Yamicia D. Connor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Carolina Curtis (University of South Florida)
Nduka O. Enemchukwu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Joseph H. Gaskins (Florida State University)
Nicolas J. Londono (Univ. of California Berkeley)
Brian A. Moses (Duke University)
Katherine Quinones (Florida International Univ.)
Roberto E. Valle (University of Florida)

Oluseyi Abiola Adeniyi (Univ. of Mich. Ann Arbor)
Mario C. Flores (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Jacques E. Jocelyn (Oakwood College)
Jennifer L. Johnson (Duke University)

Erica Nicole Collins (University of Michigan Ann Arbor)
Nicholas A. Pearce (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Daniel J. Ditzler (Goshen College)
Derek L. Garcia (Indiana University-Purdue University)
Olisaemedua C. Ojeh (Northwestern University)
Candice J. Thorpe (University of Indianapolis)

Natasha W. Bernhardt (Louisiana State University)
Dominique S. Colbert (Loyola University)
Dawanne M. Eugene (Nicholls State University)

Silvana R. Arevalo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jeremy H. Austin (Geneva College)
Carmen R. Jones (Carnegie Mellon University)

Alisha C. Holland (Princeton University)
Shailise S. Ross (Norfolk State University)
Jillian A. Smith (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Candice J. Givan (Harvard University)
Kenneth J. Hines, II (Denison University)
Edwin O. Idusuyi (Wayne State University)
London L. Reece (J. F. Drake State Technical College)
Tiarah R. Winston (Michigan Technological University)

Aways S. Mohamed (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)

Chris R. Collins (Copiah-Lincoln Community College)
Robert N. Garner (Jackson State University)
Mallarie D. McCune (Spelman College)
Demarcio L. Reed (Jackson State University)

Airee V. Mobley (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)
Kendra C. Wash (Tennessee State University)
Oladapo M. Babatunde (Yale University)

New Jersey
Luciann L. Cuenca (Catholic University of America)
Daniel A. Diaz (Rutgers University)
Eric J. Diaz (Montclair State University)
Kristine Diaz (New York University)
Wisna Jean (Rutgers University)
Christopher E. Leonor (Stephens Institute of Technology)
Alexandra Severino (Barnard College)

New Mexico
Nichole A. Alex (University of Arizona)
Shanadeen C. Begay (Northern Arizona University)
Adria N. Helmich (University of Notre Dame)
Samantha J. Kilroy (New Mexico State University)

New York
Katrina R. Adams (Wesleyan University)
Jordan I. Amatuegwu (SUNY at Stony Brook)
Maria Julieth Ballesteros (CUNY: NYC Technical College)
Jason A. Buitrago (University of Rochester)
Renee S. Carrington (Pace University)
Hilda S. Castillo (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
Halimatu S. Mohammed (Clarkson University)
Laura Nollah (SUNY at Stony Brook)
Theodore T. Nyame (Cornell University)
Hernan R. Rengifo (CUNY: City College of New York)

North Carolina
Mayada F. Fadulalla (Univ.of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
Jordan A. Holmes (North Carolina State University)
Oscar F. Kromah (Lebanon Valley College)
Keally Jay Miranda (Davidson College)
Bryant A. Price (Morehouse College)
Roshanda R. Ruffin (North Carolina A&T State University)
Jake R. Hager (University of North Dakota)

Louis Davis (Ohio State University)
Knatokie M. Ford (Clark Atlanta University)
Dionne H. Griffin (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Sherice Dionne Hall (Capital University)
Donnie A. Jefferson (Miami University)
Angela M. Lynn (Carnegie Mellon University)
Anita M. Person (Cleveland State University)
John Patrick Rogers (Howard University)
Sanithia L. Williams (Ohio University)

Abid A. Quddus (University of Oklahoma)
Brian DeRon Shine (University of Central Oklahoma)

Tudie - Ann R. Henry (Penn State University)
Yann G. Le Gall (Princeton University)

Puerto Rico
Jorge L. Almodovar (Iowa State University)
Doris M. Grillo-Gonzalez (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jenixa M. Miranda (University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez)
Raul E. Vidal (Pennsylvania State University)
Karen Diane von Dory Miranda (University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez)

South Carolina
LaToya M. Lee (Virginia State University)
Mila B. Ortigoza (Claflin University)
Kevin D. Pate (Florence-Darlington Technical College)
Kurt A. Aberle (South Dakota School of Mines &Technology)

Brittani A. Kridler (University of Tennessee)
Cherelle R. Walls (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Mark E. Coleman (Prairie View A&M University)
Adrian Skye Fortier (University of Texas at El Paso)
Blanca A. Fuentes (University of Texas at Austin)
Fabiola D. Gomez (University of Texas at El Paso)
Philip A. Hernandez (Rice University)
Veronica Jimenez (Texas A&M University Kingsville)
Naxhiely Martinez (Our Lady of the Lake University)

U.S. Virgin Islands
Samuel Rivera (University of Delaware)

Tracy L. Alexander (North Carolina A&T State University)
Chikezie I. Eseonu (Harvard University)
Nikkia L. Jones (Old Dominion University)
Marisa J. Patterson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute)
Erika N. Roberts (University of Virginia)

Debra G. Carter (Northwest Indian College)

American Chemical Society

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