The ACS Scholars Program
By Don Clarke, Member SCC
Eli Pearce, former ACS President, founded the Silver Circle which grew into the Senior Chemists Task Force and is now the Senior Chemists Committee. One of his favorite charities was the ACS Scholars Program which he helped found. You are probably aware of the impact this scholarship program has had for high-achieving African American, Hispanic and American Indian undergraduates in the chemical sciences and its transformative power for underrepresented students in this field. The Senior Chemists Committee helped to establish the Eli Pearce Memorial Scholarship. Several SCC members have made donations, as did the Eli Pearce family.
When $100,000 has been raised and invested in this fund, an ACS Scholars - Eli Pearce scholarship will be established and awarded annually to a deserving student. Your gift,
combined with those of Eli's colleagues, family, and friends is important for achieving this goal. We are almost halfway there!
You may make your gift online at www.acs.org/donate, select "Other" and enter ACS Scholars – Pearce Scholarship. You may also contact Mary Bet Dobson in the ACS Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-872-4094 to pledge your donation over time, to make a gift of stock, or to give directly from your IRA.
This named scholarship will serve as a lasting and meaningful tribute to Dr. Pearce's dedication to mentoring in the chemical sciences and his influence nationally and internationally in promoting diversity in our profession.
Credit: Peter Cutts Photography