Delmarva high school students interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry-related majors can participate in the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED summer program.  The program offers participants who complete necessary requirements a $1,000 fellowship and the potential for an ACS scholarship covering the first year of college tuition. Every summer since 2007, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has partnered with ACS to offer local, ambitious, economically disadvantaged secondary students the opportunity to work in an academic, industrial or government research laboratory. Project SEED fosters nurturing and supportive relationships between high school students and the scientific community, a relationship that can be vital to a student during the transition from high school to college.  SEED students are encouraged to enroll at UMES and pursue a major in the sciences.  Should a SEED student choose this route, he or she will be eligible for a SEED scholarship to help meet the financial obligations of college at UMES. 

Check back later for program details for 2025.

For more details, visit

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Family income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must be a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Must have taken(or are currently taking) a chemistry course
  • Must have an interest in chemistry/science
  • Laptop or internet access not required, ACS can provide assistance
  • Previous attendees are eligible to participate again

How to Apply:

1) Get your parent or guardian’s permission to participate.
2) Complete the online application at
3) Be prepared to upload an unofficial high school transcript and respond to three short-answer questions.
4) Upload your financial eligibility documents.

***With questions, please contact Dr. Victoria Volkis (, UMES Project SEED Coordinator.

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