Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)

The San Diego Chapter of the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation is one of 17 chapters that are dedicated to helping the best and brightest United States students by providing scholar awards in the natural sciences, medicine, and engineering. For academic year 2009-2010, ARCS Foundation chapters contributed $4,000,961 to 519 students at 52 colleges and universities.

Since the San Diego Chapter’s charter began in 1985, 910 scholar awards totaling $6,782,000 have been awarded to graduate and undergraduate students attending The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego State UniversityUniversity of California, San Diego, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and University of San Diego.  For academic year 2010-2011, the San Diego Chapter awarded $355,000 to 48 ARCS Foundation Scholars. Annual scholar awards range from $5,000 to $15,000.

In order to receive an ARCS Foundation scholar award, students are recommended by deans and department chairmen at the universities. Students may not apply directly to the ARCS Foundation, Inc. Representatives at ARCS Foundation Recipient Schools are familiar with ARCS Foundation guidelines and apply these requirements when making their recommendations.

The Chapter follows these guidelines in making scholar award and fellowship grants:

An ARCS Foundation Scholar must be a citizen of the United States.

An ARCS Foundation Scholar must have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

An ARCS Foundation Scholar must be enrolled as a full-time student specializing in natural sciences, engineering, or medicine.

All scholar awards are based on merit.  When the merits of candidates appear equal, then need is a consideration.

ARCS Foundation Scholars are selected without regard to race, gender, or religion.


San Diego State University
Fourteen $7,500 Graduate Scholar Awards