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, and see the profiles below the video to get a closer look at four scholars, their interests, and aspirations. 

Meet four members of FOSSI’s inaugural class


Meet Thomas Bronaugh Jr.: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Alabama A&M

Thomas Bronaugh Jr. attended North Central High School and was a part of The National Honor Society, The National Technical Honor Society, The National Honor Society of High School Scholars, and graduated with the second-highest diploma at North Central High School, earning the distinction of North Central Academic Honors. In addition to his academic honors, he was a three-year varsity starter for football at North Central High School. In the fall of 2021, he will be attending Alabama A&M University with the goal of becoming a computer science engineer. 

Learn more about Thomas.


Meet Brooke Davis: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Brooke is from Southaven, Mississippi, and this fall, she will be attending The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She plans to follow her passion for science and major in biochemistry. Her passion for STEM started in grade school, and she fully enjoys herself when she’s doing something STEM related. In ten years, she sees herself at a hospital in a resident program for pathology. She envisions herself working and studying to become the best pathologist she can be.

Learn more about Brooke.


Meet Matthew Cofer: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Howard

Matthew was born in Houston, Texas. His father is an electrical engineer, and his mother is an educator. Leading up to high school, he developed a general interest in science and technology, which landed him in his school’s engineering courses. That’s when he discovered his love for machinery. He was captain of the Debate Team (2X), a member of the National Honor Society, the UIL District Champion for Speech and Debate, and an honor roll graduate of Manvel High School. In the fall, he will be attending Howard University and majoring in mechanical engineering.

Learn more about Matthew.

Meet SaMya Dolison: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending Prairie View A&M

SaMya Dolison comes from a small town where the education system was tremendously different from what she found in Texas, where she moved in 2014. Because of this, it was difficult for her academically up until her 11th grade year of school. Nevertheless, she participated in many programs and graduated on June 12th, 2021 as valedictorian of her high school class. Ten years from now, she envisions herself having her master’s and bachelor’s degree, completing medical school and starting her first year of residency.

Learn more about SaMya.


Learn more about FOSSI’s inaugural class.

Join FOSSI’s 2022 class

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