Carleton B. Edwards Chemistry Scholarships

Earlham College’s chemistry department is certified by the American Chemical Society and offers opportunities for you to conduct research and independent laboratory studies starting early in your college career. Our graduates are admitted to some of the best graduate-degree chemistry programs in the nation, such as Purdue University, the University of Utah and Boston University. Recent chemistry and biochemistry graduates have also gone on to work as research assistants at diverse settings such as Columbia University, Oak Ridge National Lab and the National Institute of Health. Other students have entered M.D. programs at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago and more. Chemistry and biochemistry majors at Earlham have also been selected as Fulbright scholars.


The current value of the award is at minimum $1,000 per year, renewable for up to four years.


Eligible students must be accepted to and enroll at Earlham as part of the fall entering class and plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry.

Please note: Students receiving funds from the INspire Earlham Program can apply for this scholarship but are not eligible for additional funding since tuition is already covered by the INspire Earlham Program.

Selection process

Recipients are chosen by the faculty in the chemistry department based on academic achievement in high school, level of interest in chemistry, a completed application form and personal essay.

To be considered for a Carleton B. Edwards scholarship, we need the following:

  1. Completed online application form.
  2. Personal essay. The application form includes an essay describing why you are interested and planning to major in chemistry or biochemistry, highlighting any significant experiences. If you have participated in any independent studies and/or research projects that you did in a chemistry course or other science course, please describe those as well. 
  3. Additional examples. You may also include/attach examples (reports, etc.) of any special work or projects you have done that involved chemistry or other science experiences.

Renewal criteria

To remain eligible, you must maintain a 2.0 GPA and make reasonable progress toward a chemistry or biochemistry degree.

More information and resources

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