Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Welcomes The Class of 2022

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.

The FOSSI initiative welcomed 151 scholars in its inaugural year. In 2022, the program celebrates its new class of 144 FOSSI scholars, who are from 25 states and will be attending 34 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) this fall.

Watch the video in the panel above to share in the excitement of FOSSI’s class of 2022!

FOSSI’s 2022 class welcome event

To officially welcome the 2022 class, FOSSI hosted a virtual event on Wednesday, July 13. The students received words of inspiration and congratulations from Ashley Christopher, Founder and CEO of HBCU Week Foundation; FOSSI Chair, Mark Vergnano; AIChE President, Dr. Christine Grant; and the Chemours Company’s Chief Brand Officer, Alvenia Scarborough. Read more.

FOSSI’s continued success

To date, FOSSI has raised more than $17 million to support over 350 students. The initiative has an ambitious goal of supporting 1000 scholars through 2025. Applications for 2023 FOSSI scholarships will open on September 23. Read the press release.