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ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens pursuing advanced degrees in science, engineering and medical research at 54 of our nation’s leading research universities. Since its founding in 1958, the organization has awarded more than $100 million to more than 9,500 students.

ARCS Foundation knows that a direct investment in a young scientist’s future, at the seed stage of their research, comes at a crucial time.

As all of the organization’s operational expenses are underwritten by its membership of women volunteers dedicated to the Advancement of Science in America,100% of the funds ARCS Foundation raises for scholar awards are allocated directly to scholar awards.

In our era of rapid technological, economic and environmental change, the need to support U.S. students studying in STEM fields has never been greater. While government grants tend to support work that is on the verge of completion, ARCS Foundation invests at the seed stage, taking the risk and believing in the work of young scientists so that discoveries not yet made may come to be. This is how innovation begins.

  • ARCS Foundation has
  • 16
  • chapters in the
  • United States
  • And has awarded
  • more than
  • $100M
  • to more than
  • 9,500
  • scholars since
  • its founding
  • ARCS Foundation has
  • 16
  • chapters in the
  • United States

  • And has awarded
  • more than
  • $100M

  • to more than
  • 9,500
  • scholars since
  • its founding

Founded in 1970, the Northern California Chapter of ARCS Foundation has raised more than $18.8 Million for 2,525 scholars representing the highest nationally ranked departments of science, engineering and medical research in Northern California’s universities.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, $792,000 was awarded by the chapter to 68 scholars from six universities: Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz and San Francisco (UCSF).

wall street journal

Feb. 5, 2015 6:39 p.m. ET | By Michael S. Malone

The Disappearing Young Scientists

  • Grant recipients younger than 36 fell to 3% in 2010, from 18% in 1983.
  • Older scientists now compete for the same money.

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