The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative Overview

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 STEM workforce by providing scholarships to students pursuing STEM degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and connecting those 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.

Application Due Date

February 15, 2022


Completed applications should be submitted electronically. If absolutely necessary, please mail completed applications to P.O BOX 1546 Wilmington, DE 19899.

  • Scholarship decisions will be made by June 1st.
  • Scholarship Awards for 1st semester funding will be given no later than August 31st.
  • Complete and submit application by February 15th
  • Provide most recent, verifiable high school transcript (Subject to authentication)
  • Provide proof of acceptance at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU)*
  • Acceptance letters can be submitted through 4/10/22. All other application materials must be submitted by 2/15/22.

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 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 Historically Black College or University (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, room and board. A student may accept additional scholarships but they cannot exceed the total cost of their education.

FOSSI welcomes applications from children of employees of Founding Partners and Sponsoring organizations, excluding executive-level participants. (See list here.) If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Students applying for the scholarship will be responsible for disclosing any potential conflict of interest prior to the selection process.

Scholarship Administration

The HBCU Week Foundation will lead the process for receiving and reviewing applications, including the identification of external participants for the scholarship Selection Committee, including representation from all FOSSI Founding Partners. Following an initial, quantitative, automated screening process, the Committee will review qualitative application details, determine the candidates(s) which best fit relevant scholarship criteria, and assign scholars an overall rating. Scholars with the highest scores will be chosen as recipients, based on the number of scholarships available. Founding Partners will notify recipients by June 1st via phone call, email, and official letter. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers will administer funding of scholarships to each of the Universities by semester. Scholarship recipients will be required to meet ongoing scholarship criteria each semester.

Areas reviewed by the Selection Committee include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Academic accomplishments
  • STEM Major
  • Financial Need
  • Relevance of career aspirations to chemicals industries
  • Community involvement

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a confirmation form to be returned within ten days of receipt.