Why ARCS Northern California Chapter

Advancing science and opening doors to scientific achievement

ARCS Foundation is unique and uniquely positioned.

 ARCS Foundation makes unrestricted awards to exceptional graduate-level researchers in STEM and medical research at seven Bay Area research institutions.


ARCS Northern California University Partners 

NCC Approved Universities as of 2022


Unlike some science philanthropy, ARCS NCC makes an impact by investing in scholars at the critical seed stage of their research, when “most science breakthroughs happen”, and empowering them with the flexibility to determine how to use their financial awards, “allowing them to pursue their ideas without being tied to specific projects.” 

Since 1970, ARCS Foundation Northern California Chapter (NCC), with the help of its members and other individuals and support from corporations and foundations, has provided over 2,900 awards totaling almost $25 million.





The Northern California Chapter is one of 15 ARCS Foundation chapters nationwide.  ARCS is the only woman-led, membership-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit 100% focused on science philanthropy, with 100% of each gift to the annual Scholar Award Fund going to the next academic year’s scholar cohort. Your gift at any level earns a place of distinction.

Summa Cum Laude ($50,000 and above)
Magna Cum Laude ($20,000 - $49,999)
Cum Laude ($10,000 - $19,999)
With Distinction ($5,000 - $9,999)
With Highest Honors ($2,500 - $4,999)
With Honors ($1,000 - $2,499)
Special Achievement ($500 - $999)
Friends of ARCS (up to $499)

When you give to ARCS NCC in support of top-ranked scholars you are leveraging our members’ own investments, our fundraising prowess, and our university infrastructure, while propelling forward STEM fields like biotechnology, AI, clean energy, and more, increasing the competitiveness and innovation of the greater Bay Area and the nation.

Make your gift today. 
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ARCS Foundation Northern California Chapter is a 501(c)(3) Organization: Tax I.D. #23-7335361.

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