Jayhawk ChemScholars: First Year Chemistry Scholarship Program

The Jayhawk ChemScholars title is a one-year scholarship awarded to deserving entering chemistry majors.

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The Jayhawk ChemScholars Program is designed to identify talented high school students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Chemistry at KU. The program provides financial assistance coupled with enhanced advising to make sure entering first year chemistry majors are positioned to succeed in their studies. We especially encourage first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, and women to apply. Once in the program, all chemistry majors in good standing will receive additional scholarship support in their sophomore and junior years. Students showing outstanding promise in coursework and/or research will also be eligible for additional awards and scholarships throughout their time as chemistry majors at KU. The Department of Chemistry is committed to helping and supporting our majors and have dedicated significant resources towards ensuring your success. As an example, the Department of Chemistry awarded over $250,000 in awards and scholarships to undergraduates in 2022.

The criteria for selection for a Freshman Chemistry Scholarship are:

  • Declaration of a major in Chemistry
  • Completed application (attached)
  • Solid academic record in high school with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Short narrative about your academic goals and interests