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Future of STEM Scholars Initiative Announces 2023 HBCU Scholarship Recipients

Leading HBCU scholarship program to provide 132 incoming freshmen $40,000 awards

Kelly Montes de Oca

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2023) – Representatives of The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) today welcomed 132 new scholarship recipients from 26 states across the nation. The students will begin school at 26 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) this Fall and study over a dozen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. They join nearly 300 current FOSSI scholarship recipients.

Established in 2020 to help reduce financial barriers to higher education and enhance workforce diversity in the chemical sector, FOSSI provides $40,000 scholarships to students studying preferred STEM degrees. FOSSI has an ambitious goal of supporting 1000 students through 2025 and has raised nearly $30 million to support 595 students to date.

Hashtag FOSSI Proud Meet the FOSSI Class of 2023

Scholarship recipients are individually matched with one of more than 70 Corporate Sponsors committed to helping them achieve their goals and receive skills training, mentorship and internship opportunities. Notably, this robust support has led to an approximately 95% student retention rate, with the first class of FOSSI scholars slated to graduate in 2025.

Program leaders welcomed the new scholars during a virtual celebration featuring keynotes from Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) and Dr. Dietra Trent, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through HBCUs.

Jim Fitterling, Chair & CEO, Dow & FOSSI Advisory Board Chair
I am proud to welcome these 132 talented and ambitious scholars to the FOSSI family. From their academic performance to the contributions they have made to their schools and communities, these scholars have distinguished themselves as some of the best and brightest across the nation. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish in their chosen fields.

Applications for the Fall of 2024 will open September 22, 2023. To learn more about FOSSI, visit www.FutureOfSTEMScholars.org.

Future of STEM Scholars Initiative

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative was founded in 2020 by the American Chemistry Council, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), The Chemours Company, and the HBCU Week Foundation. FOSSI is a national chemical industry-wide program which provides scholarships to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), helping to eliminate financial barriers for historically under-represented groups. Sponsored by chemical manufacturers and related industry stakeholders, FOSSI provides scholarship recipients $10,000 per year for four years and connects these students to leadership development, mentoring and internship opportunities at participating companies. Learn more at FutureofSTEMscholars.org

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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