Meet Some of FOSSI’s Inaugural Scholars

In partnership with The American Chemistry Council (ACC), Chemours, and HBCU Week Foundation, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) was established in November 2020 with the goal of helping to combat the lack of diversity in the STEM workforce.

FOSSI provides scholarship recipients $10,000 per year for four years, helping to eliminate financial barriers for historically under-represented groups. Recently, 151 outstanding scholars were chosen to join FOSSI’s inaugural class. See the video below for an inside look into how FOSSI is changing the lives of these amazing scholars.

Meet more of FOSSI’s inaugural class

Meet Morgan Myles: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Spelman College

Morgan will be attending Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, this fall. She will major in biology and minor in comparative women’s studies. She's most excited about attending Spelman College for the educational aspect and the cultural experience. While at Spelman, she looks forward to studying abroad and working on various scientific research projects. She plans to go to medical school after completing her undergraduate degree.

Learn more about Morgan.

Meet George Rivers: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Virginia State

George is a senior at Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland. He is a highly motivated varsity football player, saxophonist, and engineering student. He has dreams of one day helping people make changes in their lives and plans to help the economy with his education gleaned from the manufacturing engineering program at Virginia State University. 

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Meet Tiarra Smith: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Alabama A&M

Tiarra is the fifth daughter of six. Her favorite subject is math, she enjoys volunteering in her community and plans to work for the government and possibly become a civil engineering manager. In the future, she plans on opening a business and community center to help the less fortunate.

Learn more about Tiarra.

Meet Jalon Duncan: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Fisk University

Jalon is a hard working, motivated, and highly analytical future mechanical engineering student with a passion for playing basketball and building robotics. He plans on using his STEM degree to help people through the creation of his own youth non-profit (a 501C3 that will involve sports). Throughout his childhood, he was raised to believe that science and mathematics are the foundation of everyday living. He wants to tutor up-and-coming kids and help them see why a STEM degree is helpful and beneficial.

Learn more about Jalon.

Learn more about FOSSI’s inaugural class.

Join FOSSI’s 2022 class

Do you know someone interested in becoming a 2022 FOSSI scholar? The applications are now open. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15th, 2022. Visit