Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year
will be available in January, 2014

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic,  Native North American and Pacific Islander students. The scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate  students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
The Actuarial Foundation awards the scholarship in the following levels:

  • $1,000 – high school senior applying for freshman year;
  • $2,000 – college freshman applying for sophomore year/sophomore applying for junior year; and
  • $3,000  – college junior applying for senior year

The award will be divided to cover multiple semesters or  other terms comprising the academic year. Recipients attending school for a  portion of the upcoming year (e.g., one semester) will receive the  corresponding portion of a full year scholarship amount.  Passing of actuarial exams will be an important factor in  evaluating scholarship applications for junior year and beyond. Exams passed  will also be a consideration for prior award recipients applying to renew the  scholarship.

Each eligible scholarship applicant, whether or not a  scholarship is awarded, may request an actuarial mentor as a personal resource  to answer questions about the actuarial field, actuarial exams and to offer  assistance in pursuit of a career in the actuarial profession

For additional information, contact The Actuarial Foundation at:

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ACS Petroleum Research Fund

The 2013 Submission Window
will be September 30, 2013 —
November 1, 2013

The Petroleum Research Fund is an endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries.

ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction.  The investigator should not have published or received financial support from another funding agency for the proposed research. Also, proposals that the ACS PRF Advisory Board feels are a logical extension of an investigator’s previous research may be denied as “not a new direction.”

Since the first ACS PRF grants were approved in 1954, several grant programs have evolved to serve segments of the scientific community, including “new investigator” grants and grants to support researchers in departments that do not award doctoral degrees.

Scope of the Fund Proposals must be for fundamental research in “the petroleum field,” which is defined in our founding document as “petroleum, natural gas, coal, shale, tar sands and like materials.” Fundamental research encompasses the properties of these materials, whereas the petroleum industry undertakes “applied research,” which is outside the scope of ACS PRF.  See our list of Research Topics that are supported and not supported by ACS PRF.

  • About ACS PRF History of the fund, research areas supported, recent grantees and FAQ’s.
  • Grant Types Information for principal investigators on grant programs and eligibility criteria.
  • Grantees: Manage Your Grant Information and forms for grantees to manage PRF grant requirements.
  • Reviewers Information for peer reviewers asked to evaluate proposals submitted to PRF.
  • Contact Us ACS PRF Staff.
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