Your ‘Hole in One’ Could Improve a Young Chemist’s Chance of Success

ACS Sholars


For many of us, golfing is a perfect way to spend a summer day. Stepping onto the green is a reminder that things in the office, at home, or in the laboratory can wait, at least for a few hours. 

But if feeling refreshed weren’t a good enough reason to golf, maybe this is: Proceeds from SOCMA’s 13th Annual Chemical Industry Golf Tournament provide scholarship money to help young students get their start in chemistry careers. That’s right…your golf game can truly help another person succeed. 

Through the generosity of SOCMA and its member companies, one student every year is able to attend college with support from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program. The program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who wish to enter the chemical sciences. Scholars are selected by academic achievement and leadership abilities, and the program strengthens their paths to success by adding research opportunities and mentoring to the undergraduate experience. 

The students are bright and eager to learn chemistry and apply it to real-world challenges. Take for example these alumni of the ACS Scholars Program who have seen their careers in chemistry blossom:

  • DON WALKER, Research Scientist and Section Manager, The Aerospace Corporation: "ACS Scholars really served as a gateway into the world of research and science. From there I just asked myself how can I keep solving hard problems and doing cool stuff. The harder it was, the more I wanted to do it, which is how I ended up at Caltech and in my current position." [Note: Walker received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2010.]

  • IYORE OLAYE, Product Development Engineer, Walker & Company Brands: "In tech, I see the way chemistry transforms companies from the batteries that run our smartphones and cars and will essentially sustain life on Mars if Space X has its way. However, it is intensely important that we continue to build a pipeline of students and researchers to solve the problems we face today. Each day I am motivated by the unknowns and the what ifs. It is my degree [in chemical engineering] that allows people to trust and fund these explorations.” 

  • SHAWN YAVARI, Planner, Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners: "Being part of something bigger that linked me to chemistry and knowing that an organization like ACS recognized me for my ability in science provided much support in continuing to excel in chemical engineering. I am grateful for staying on this track because it gave me a unique perspective, along with valuable technical skills, for approaching environmental problems."

The 13th Annual Chemical Industry Golf Tournament will be held September 19 at White Clay Creek in Wilmington, DE. Please join us and help us raise money for this worthy cause!

Find more information and register here.

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