Incoming Freshman Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding high school seniors who plan to major in Chemistry at Iowa State University.

The Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Stahr Scholarship in Chemistry

The Dr. H. Michael Stahr Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry has been established by his loving wife and life partner Irene Stahr to honor Dr. Stahr’s lifetime scientific accomplishments. The scholarship will provide financial support for incoming freshman through recognition of their scholarship, character, service and leadership; and with a desire to impact the field of Chemistry.

Dr. Stahr known to his friends and colleagues as “Mike”, was a hardworking farm boy from White, South Dakota, who grew up to be an internationally-known scientist. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State, a Masters in Physical-Analytical Chemistry from Union College in New York and a Ph.D. in Food Technology from Iowa State University. He worked as a chemist for General Electric and Philip Morris before joining the staff at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University advancing to a full professor and chief chemist. His work sent him on world travels, including Austria to assist with setting up a laboratory. In 1991, he penned a 368 page book "Analytical Methods in Toxicology” which “provided practicing analysts in toxicology with the most detailed, practically-oriented handbook.” He received a patent for the "volatilization of antimicrobial drugs" that was accepted by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and Food and Drug Administration.

Criteria and Selection Process: This scholarship is to provide funds based on two criteria 1) the student must be an incoming freshman majoring in Chemistry 2) preference will be given to an undergraduate student with a rural background. An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.


The Clifford C. Hach Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hach family and the Hach Scientific Foundation. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support for education and in particular for undergraduate scholarships in the field of Chemistry. This four-year scholarship may be renewed each year as long as the student remains in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and remains a chemistry major.

Criteria and Selection Process: Incoming students complete and submit an application (please see links below for application and instructions for applying). All applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Awards Committee. An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.

  • The recipient shall be a citizen of the United States and enrolled as a full-time student, preference may be given to applicants from the State of Iowa.
  • The selection shall be based on scholarship, character, cooperation and aspiration of the student to make a contribution to the chemical/teaching profession.
  • The recipient shall demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If there is a period of time a recipient's cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 the recipient shall be granted a one-time opportunity of one year to regain and maintain the 3.0 GPA

 

The ACS Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Hach Scientific Foundation and is now managed by the American Chemical Society. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support for post-secondary education and to encourage undergraduate chemistry majors to pursue a high school teaching career after graduation.

Criteria and Selection Process: Incoming students complete and submit an application (please see links below for application and instructions for applying). All applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Awards Committee. Scholars receive $6,000 per academic year so long as the scholar continues to meet eligibility requirements outlined below.

Criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment at Iowa State University.
  • Major in chemistry and complete educational program.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Citizen of the United States or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • Expressed intention to teach high school chemistry after graduation.

Hack Scholars
Hach Scholars
Front row: Jennifer Streff, Kathryn Hach Darrow, Muriel Hach, Bruce Hach
Back row: Alex Buck, Grant Kellogg, Matthew Moffit, Alyse Hurd, Brett Hamilton


Scholarships for Current Chemistry Majors

Scholarships are also awarded each year to current outstanding students within the Department of Chemistry. Students interested in a major in chemistry may apply for any of these scholarships. Current students must complete and submit an application (please see links below for application and instructions for applying). All applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Awards Committee.

The Nancy Cole Spencer Scholarship in Chemistry

“The Nancy Cole Spencer Scholarship in Chemistry is established in her memory by her children to honor her and her desire to provide a means for future generations to pursue a chemistry degree from Iowa State University.

Nancy Spencer, the oldest of four children from Webster Groves, Missouri, began her studies at Iowa State University during the latter years of World War II. Nancy was one of only six women to graduate in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. While at ISU, Nancy was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and continued to be active in both Gamma Phi and the Iowa State University Alumni Association throughout her life.

Nancy began her career as a chemist with Ralston Purina. She relocated to Houston, Texas in 1951 and joined the staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital as a radioisotope technician supporting cancer research. In 1955 she married George O. Spencer, Jr. and left M.D. Anderson after the birth of the first of their three children. Nancy supported education, science, and medicine through many volunteer hours with local hospitals, Gamma Phi Beta charity events, and the medical museum within the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Nancy Spencer died on May 21, 2016 at the age of 89. This scholarship represents her lifelong wish that future generations will benefit from and cherish, like she did, a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University.”

Criteria and Selection Process:

  • Recipients shall be majoring in chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Recipients shall be full-time students as determined by the administering authority.
  • Recipients shall be citizens of the United States as permitted by Federal and State law, and University policy.
  • Preference shall be given to students who are in good academic standing as determined by the administering authority.

The Dale W. and Sonya L. Margerum Chemistry Scholarship

Dale and Sonya Margerum met at Iowa State University while Dale was working on his PhD in Chemistry and Sonya was working for the Ames Laboratory. After earning his PhD Dale and Sonya moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, where Sonya was the mayor for 24 consecutive years, and Dale was a long-time faculty member and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Purdue.

Criteria and Selection Process:

  • Recipients shall be enrolled in the Department of Chemistry.
  • Recipients shall have demonstrated financial need as determined by the office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Recipients shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
 

The Jonathan and Susan Rich Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Chemistry

Jonathan and Susan Rich both attended Iowa State University. Jonathan earned a degree in chemistry and was afforded the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Tom Barton during his sophomore year. This experience and along with the small stipend helped push Jonathan to graduate and later attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin before starting a successful career. Jonathan credits his research acumen as having helped him succeed in business. He is the recently retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berry Plastics Corporation. The Donors are establishing this Account to assist currently chemistry students to receive the same hands-on research experience as Jonathan experienced as an undergraduate at Iowa State.

Criteria and Selection Process:

  • Recipients shall be majoring in chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and sciences.
  • Recipients shall be full-time students as determined by the administering authority.
  • Recipients shall be citizens of the United States as permitted by the Federal and State law and University policy.
  • Preference shall be given to students who are in good academic standing as determined by the administering authority.
 

Alice and Donald Hudson Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Chemistry

Mrs. Hudson earned her B.S. in Chemistry in 1963 and then went on to earn a M.S. in Chemistry in 1977 from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Hudson earned his B.S. in Aero Space Engineering in 1963 and went on to earn a M.B.A from Florida Atlantic University in 1972. Mrs. Hudson founded and is CEO of Surface Chemist of Florida. It is Mrs. Hudson’s experience as a chemistry student, as a professional chemist, and as an employer that hands-on experience is vital to understanding chemical principles and creatively contributing to science.  This scholarship is to provide funds for undergraduate research experience.

Bill G. and Beverly A. Jackson Scholarship

Dr. Jackson earned his B.S. in Chemistry in 1953 and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1957 from Iowa State University. Dr. Jackson spent much of his career in industry with Eli Lilly.

Criteria and Selection Process: This scholarship is to provide funds based on two criteria 1) the undergraduate student must be majoring in chemistry and 2) the undergraduate student must be a resident of Iowa. An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.

Dr. George E. Felton Endowed Scholarship Fund

Because of Dr. Felton's academic success, graduating in the top 3 percent in the Division of Industrial Science (Class of 1931), and his research expertise, the award will be made based on academic achievement.

Criteria: The scholarship shall be open to any junior majoring in chemistry and may be renewed for the senior year. An honorarium of $500 is awarded to each recipient.

Glen A Russell Memorial Chemistry Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Martha E. Russell and is supported by Dr. Russell, friends, family and former students of Dr. Glen Russell, longtime faculty member of Iowa State University in the field of organic chemistry. An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.

Criteria:

  • Interest in pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Completed organic series with B or better.
  • Preference to US Citizen.
  • Preference given to junior and seniors.

Noble Hines Scholarship in Chemistry

Noble Hines received his Master of Science Degree from the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University in 1925. After working in the soft drink industry for a period of time, he was able to pursue his love of teaching by accepting a position on the faculty at Long Beach City College in California. Mr. Hines made provisions in his estate to support scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate chemistry students at Iowa State University.

Criteria: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry. An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.

Dr. and Mrs. R. Q. Thompson Scholarship

Dr. Thompson earned his B.S. in Chemistry in 1948 and then went on to earn both a M.S. and Ph.D. at Penn State University in the early 50's. Dr. Thompson pursued his love of chemistry with a career in industry with Eli Lilly.

Criteria:

  • Min. GPA of 2.5.
  • FAFSA, must demonstrate need.
  • Preference given to highest cumulative GPA

An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.

Leroy Edward Phillips Scholarship in Chemistry

This scholarship was established in 2011 by Dr. David Lee Phillips in honor of his father Leroy. Dr. Phillips graduated with a B.S in chemistry from Iowa State University in 1984 and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Irvine in 1989. Dr. Phillips currently serves as the Department Chair and Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Criteria:

  • Must be majoring in chemistry and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • FAFSA, must demonstrate need.
  • This scholarship is for one year and is not renewable.

An honorarium is awarded to the student(s) based on current funding.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarships

The LAS College office (202 Catt Hall) will award more than 16 scholarships in spring based on current funding. The LAS Scholarship web page lists these scholarships as well as links to the university and departmental scholarship web sites/home pages. The LAS web page also had an on-line application to make the application process easy. Students may apply at any time. The due date for most scholarship applications is either February 1 or 15. To access the scholarship information and on-line application for LAS Scholarships please go to http://www.las.iastate.edu/current_students/scholarships/

The Iowa Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships Program

The Robert Noyce Scholarship program is a collaborative program of UNI, ISU, and UI to recruit junior- and senior-level STEM majors, as well as working professionals, into the teaching pipeline. It is funded by the National Science Foundation at $899,298 over four years.

This scholarship, named for the inventor of the microchip, requires that scholarship recipients teach for two years in a high-need school for each year of support. Complimentary to IMSEP's freshman-level recruitment program, I-Teach Mathematics & Science, the Noyce program helps the collaborative initiative achieve the goal of producing more talented science and mathematics teachers for Iowa schools Scholarships are awarded annually at each of Iowa's public universities. Application and additional information are available at: www.IowaMathScience.org/noyce.

You should read the instructions at the link found below before you fill out the application!