Scholarship Resources

The ACS Scholars Program is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 per year for Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American undergraduate students majoring in chemistry-related fields and pursuing chemistry-related careers (visit the How to Apply page for a full list of eligible majors). In addition to scholarship support, ACS Scholars also helps students identify academic and/or professional mentors, offers internship opportunities, and conference travel awards. Note that there is no limit on the number of awarded students from a single institution, so encourage all eligible students to apply and spread the word. Scholarship applications must be submitted online via the ACS Scholars Program website. Additional information is available by emailing

Current Opportunities

ORISE Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a hands-on challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to research healthy habits for good mental health; commit to one healthy habit for 21 days; and develop either an infographic or podcast detailing the research and experience. The infographic or podcast should discuss your healthy habit and why other students should (or should not) use your method to better their own mental health. Your infographic or podcast could win you a $5,000 scholarship! The deadline for submitting your entry to this competition is Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and winners will be announced in late April.

For more information on this competition, please visit the ORISE website.

ORISE Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

Four years ago Mines was accepted as member university of the prestigious and exclusive Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF (Links to an external site.)), a non-profit corporation created by the Mercury 7 Astronauts in 1984.  This organization awards scholarships every year to outstanding students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the fields of engineering, mathematics and natural or applied sciences.  This year, there will be two (2) scholarships (up to $15,000 each) awarded to Mines undergraduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

 Any junior or senior student (by Fall 2021) who is a US citizen and majoring in any discipline at Mines is eligible for this scholarship (special consideration is NOT given to aeronautical/astronautical engineering students or those intending to pursue careers as astronauts).  The student should maintain full-time status during both terms of the ASF-supported academic year.  

 The key additional requirement is that the undergraduate student should have conducted a considerable amount of work outside the classroom in their chosen field of study. This may include laboratory research, cooperative education, internships, relevant military experience, entrepreneurial endeavors, and/or documented independent work resulting in technical papers, patents, or similar work product in his/her specific field.  Therefore, students must be nominated by a professor who knows the student well.

The attached application form should be filled out by the faculty member with help from the nominated student and sent to Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid (  In addition, the following documents should be attached in pdf format:

  • Nominee Personal Statement (one page), which should include goals, personal interests, activities, and hobbies.  The student should give examples of the involvement and commitment to his/her studies beyond the formal classroom setting as shown on the transcript. Creativity is an important attribute, and should be documented.
  • Nominee Resume or CV
  • Nominee’s Most Recent Official Transcript
  • Copy of Nominee’s Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate, US Passport or Naturalization Papers)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from faculty members or research professors (one from the nominating professor) at the student’s institution, including details on research achievements/endeavors and work outside of classroom.

 All nominations will be reviewed internally by a committee of Mines faculty members.  The deadline for internal submission is March 5, 2021.  The committee will select the top 4 applicants and send them to ASF on March 15, 2021.  The ASF will then select and award scholarships to our best two candidates.

As Mines faculty liaison to ASF, feel free to contact Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid if you or anybody else has any questions.

2021 Final Astronaut Scholar Nominations Fillable Form


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