Who We Are

ARCS® Foundation Northern California Chapter (NCC) is a dedicated group of  Bay Area women focused on securing America’s  leadership in science by granting awards to top scholars pursuing graduate studies in the sciences, technology, engineering, math and medical research at six Northern California universities.

ARCS Foundation NCC is one of 15 ARCS Foundation Chapters nationwide, operating independently. Founded on October 22, 1970, the Chapter attracted concerned community leaders who were responding to the challenge of the “space race” and embraced the mission of advancing science and technology in the United States.  Today ARCS carries on as an organization run entirely by women who recognize this country’s most critical competitiveness issue – the serious shortage of American scientists and engineers – and have voluntarily taken the initiative to try to solve it. Our challenge now is achieving breakthroughs in biotechnology, regenerative medicine, and clean energy to secure our country’s future.  ARCS members know that our mission of investing in innovation and research is important to our country’s economic success as well as our global technological leadership. Our answer remains the same: by supporting brilliant young scientists, we are investing directly in the future of America.  

Every dollar contributed to an ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards Fund goes to students selected by their universities for their merit, their research and their potential. The impact is profound: ARCS Scholars appreciate our belief in them as much as the financial help we provide.

The dynamic Northern California Chapter has awarded more than $20.6 million to 2,667 scholars attending six northern California universities (Stanford University, San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), University of California, Santa Cruz). For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Chapter distributed  $902,000 to 73 scholars.