About the FOSSI Sponsors
The Future of Stem Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) provides opportunities for chemical manufacturers, supply chain partners, and related industry affiliates to fund scholarships, create internships and facilitate mentoring and leadership training for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
In our first year alone, 43 corporations joined FOSSI, bringing together the chemical industry’s collective might to raise more than $7.2 million, funding 151 $40,000 scholarships.
These 43 corporations include 40 American Chemistry Council member companies, and 3 affiliated organizations.
Through participation in the Future of STEM Scholars initiative, our Corporate Sponsors are clearly illustrating their commitment to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in the chemical industry workforce.
Did you know?
The chemical industry employs 544,000 people in the U.S., but the job opportunities don’t stop there. For every one job created from the business of chemistry, 7.2 jobs are created in other sectors. In addition, the average annual salary of a U.S. chemical industry employee is $87,000, which is 25 percent higher than the average U.S. manufacturing pay.
The business of chemistry supports families and communities across America, and powers the economic growth that keeps our country competitive.
Meet FOSSI's 2021 Inaugural Class
In FOSSI's Inaugural year, we're thrilled to welcome our 2021 class - 151 exceptional high-school seniors who were chosen to receive $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 per year) to pursue STEM degrees at HBCUs.
The financial obligations of being able to afford college is a poor excuse for not going, but unfortunately is a real one. Receiving the FOSSI scholarship will bring me closer to realizing my goal of attending college and obtaining a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, while building a network of support to help me succeed during my tenure.