Trenton ACS Local Section

Awards & Scholarships

2017 ACS Trenton Local Section Community College Scholarships:

Call for Applications!

Trenton ACS will be awarding scholarships for Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and Mercer County Community College (MCCC) students.

This year TrACS will offer two $250 Associates graduate scholarships (one at RVCC and one at MCCC) for a student finishing at the community college and who will be attending a 4 year college.

TrACS will also offer two scholarships for $1500 (one at RVCC and one at MCCC) for outstanding students that have finished general chemistry and will be taking organic chemistry.

Award selections at RVCC and MCCC will be made by April 7th, 2017.

For more information about these scholarships, students should contact directly:

Prof. Helen Tanzini, Mercer County Community College:

Prof. Sarah Imbriglio, Raritan Valley Community College:  


2017 ACS Trenton Local Section Scholarship Award:

Call for Applications!

The Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society is sponsoring up to two High School Scholarships ($1,500 max for each scholarship). There is the potential for a second year renewal depending on funds, required continued pursuit of a degree in chemistry and maintaining good grades. Graduating students at public or private high schools, who plan to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical technology at a two or four-year college, qualify for these scholarships. 

The Section also offers the Roeser Memorial Scholarship award for $2000, which is potentially renewable for one additional year. The application requirements are the same as described above with the following two restrictions: (1) the student must be graduating from a public high school and (2) must be planning, as a senior in high school, a career in pure or applied chemistry. An additional paragraph in the application describing pure or applied chemistry is also required (*see details below).

We are looking for high school seniors who pursue undergraduate degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or chemical technology that plan to pursue a career in the chemical sciences or engineering. Typically, students pursuing degrees to become a nurse, medical doctor, physician assistant, pharmacist, physical therapist or other health professional career do not qualify; however, health science/engineering careers that extensively use chemistry, chemical technology, or chemical engineering and will involve research or manufacturing rather than treating patients may qualify at the discretion of the selection committee. Please note that while all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to candidates whose high school is located within the Trenton ACS Local Section. You can determine in which ACS Local Section your high school is located by entering your high school’s Zip/Postal Code and State at the following webpage:

To qualify for consideration for either scholarship, the student must submit to the scholarship committee the following items:

1.   A letter with the following subheadings:

A.   Background

Describe your intent to apply, summarize your GPA and SAT scores, extracurricular activities, and impressions of your high school chemistry course(s)

B.    College Plans

Describe why you chose your college and your major

C.    Career Plans

Describe your career plans after college and address what you plan to do with your career

*In order to be considered for the Roeser Memorial Scholarship, the applicant must include an additional paragraph in section C which address the following two areas: 1) A description of what is pure or applied chemistry and 2) An explanation of why a career in this area interests them

2.  An official transcript of high school grades including chemistry courses

3.   An official report of the applicant’s SAT and Chemistry Achievement Test scores administered by the Educational Testing Service. The Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society has been assigned the code 0570 by ETS for use by students requesting that their scores be reported to us. If the scores have been officially entered on the school transcripts, then we do not need a separate report from ETS.

4.  The student’s home phone number and e-mail address

5.  A letter of recommendation from their high school chemistry teacher. Please include the teacher’s home phone number and e-mail so we can contact them, if clarification is needed. This letter should be sent separately as a PDF file to on school letterhead or from an official school email account. The letter must be received by 5:00 pm Friday, March 31, 2017. The subject line of the email should be: Applicant name, TrACS Scholarship Application

All of the applicant’s materials should be sent as a SINGLE PDF file for sections 1-4 to and also must be received by 5:00 pm Friday, March 31, 2017. The subject line of the email should be: Applicant name, TrACS Scholarship Application

If you cannot submit a PDF file, a hardcopy may be sent to the following address and postmarked by the same deadline. An email should be sent to so we know to expect your application. The subject line of the email should be: Applicant name, TrACS Scholarship Application


Joseph Baker

Department of Chemistry

The College of New Jersey

PO Box 7718

Ewing, NJ 08628 


Awards are presented to the winners at our May Awards Dinner (date to be determined). The awardee and their nominating teacher are invited as Trenton ACS guests. Parents and other guests are welcome at their own expense (typically ~$25/person). 

Students receiving the scholarship will be expected to perform the following duties:

1.     At their institution of matriculation, the scholar must participate in their campus’ chemistry club (usually a student affiliates club of the American Chemical Society). If none exists, service to another science-based club may be substituted.

2.     At the end of the academic year, provide a written report that includes their activities with the campus club during the academic year, an unofficial copy of their transcripts showing their performance in their major, and a statement that the scholar will remain a chemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical technology major.

The local section will invite 2017 scholarship winners to attend the Awards Dinner in 2018 to share their experiences at their new institution.


Support for K-12 Teachers

The Trenton Local Section will be sponsoring teachers in our local section to join the newly formed American Association of Chemistry Teachers (  We will offer a 50% supplement to the membership fee ($25 for the $50 membership).  Teachers who join in this fashion will also become associate members of the local section.  Please contact Benny Chan,, for additional information.