Chicago ACS Scholarships: Three Types

    Chicago ACS High School Scholarships

    The Chicago Section offers several scholarships to high school students in support of their college education. Every year in May, the High School Education Committee administers an exam to students nominated by their teachers, and scholarships are awarded based on their ranking in the results:

    $5000 for First place
    $3000 for Second place
    $2500 for Third place
    $1500 for Fourth place
    $1250 for Fifth place

    In addition, we give scholarships for special purposes:

    The Marie Ann Lishka Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the female student who scores the highest: $2000

    The Marshall S. Smoler Award is given to the top-scoring student from Chicago Public Schools: $200

    The Bernard E. Schaar Award, from the Chicago Chemists' Club, is given to the highest-scoring student from the City of Chicago: $500


    Good news!  The Chicago section board voted to offer two scholarships to those students who had been signed up for the 2020 scholarship exam and are now in AP or another second-year chemistry course.  These scholarships are in the amounts of $3,000 and $2,000, and will be awarded to the two highest scoring students on a modified exam.  This exam is only open to those students who were signed up for the 2020 exam and are in a second-year course.  As a reminder, those students signed up from 2020 and not in a second-year course are eligible to take the regular 2021 ACS scholarship exam, for which our usual complement of scholarships are offered.  Both exams will be in the spring of 2021 (usually later May) and will depend on our ability to host the students in-person.  If you do wish to participate, have official transcripts and schedules (may be electronic or hard copy) sent to Chicago ACS, 1400 Renaissance Blvd, Suite #312, Park Ridge, IL 60068 by November 16, 2020.  If you've already sent in transcripts and schedules in response to an email, you need not do so again.

    Information about the 2021 exam will be posted here in Feb. 2021.


    Chicago Section, American Chemical Society: High School Education Committee




    • Funds are contributed by the chemical industry and by individuals.

    • Teachers of a prize-winning student(s) will receive a one-year membership in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). 


    We are not accepting additional nominations for the 2020 exam.  We will be accepting nominations for the 2021 exam no sooner than March 2021.

    High School Scholarship Materials

    H.S. Scholarship Practice Exam 2008 - Multiple Choice

    This is the multiple choice exam used on May 24, 2008, in the Chicago area high school chemistry scholarship competition.

    H.S. Scholarship Practice Exam 2008 - Problem Solving

    This is the extended-response problem solving part of the May 24, 2008, Chicagoland high school chemistry scholarship exam.