ARCS Foundation is the largest private membership organization in the United States focused on supporting U.S. science scholars.
Members donate their time, talents and financial resources in order to foster academic excellence and research in the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical research.
ARCS Foundation scholar award recipients decide how best to use the funds to pursue their academic research efforts.
100% of all donations to the annual ARCS Scholar Awards Campaign are distributed to top graduate scholars in the sciences at six highly ranked Northern California universities.
How Does Giving Help Northern California Students?
The goal of ARCS Foundation Northern California Chapter's annual Scholar Awards Campaign is to disburse all funds raised in the form of unrestricted financial awards to top graduate students pursuing studies in the sciences, technology, engineering, math, and medical research at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.
ARCS Foundation NCC achieves this goal by fundraising from its members, individual non-members, foundations and corporations.The annual Scholar Awards Campaign begins at the start of the ARCS fiscal year, July 1, and continues through June 30 of the following year. On that date, the Chapter disburses all Scholar Awards Campaign funds raised during its fiscal year to selected departments at its partner universities.
"The ARCS award has allowed me to prioritize my coursework and research in a way that would not otherwise be possible. I estimate that without it, I would be working well upwards of 20 hours a week in addition to my scholarly activities and the quality of my work would necessarily suffer. Truly, of any academic recognition I have ever received, the ARCS award is what I am most proud of."
Willie Mae Reese, UC Berkeley
"With your support, I do not have to worry about funding my studies as I acclimate to my new campus and graduate school. I am able to have more independence in choosing my research and can study and contribute to an area that I am passionate about because it is socially relevant science. In the future, I hope to inspire other young scientists to pursue STEM careers."
Elizabeth Crook, UC Santa Cruz
"As I finish my thesis on coral reef research in the ocean sciences, these generous funds have allowed me to focus solely on my dissertation. As a new mom, this focus is extremely valuable, and allows me to spend my spare moments at home with my son rather than putting in extra hours toward my stipends and fees. Your donation has helped me achieve a positive work-life balance, which is something many female scientists strive to attain!"