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


    We will post information here for the next exam after January 2020.


    Chicago Section, American Chemical Society: High School Education Committee

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    • 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). 

    • For further details, see the nomination document below.


    Nominations will be opened in the late winter.

    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.

    2019 scholarship exam information

    description of the Chicago section scholarship exam and rules