ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

The ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship, established by Clifford and Kitty Hach in 1982, is awarded to undergraduates who are majoring in the chemical sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, or related) and who express an interest in teaching high school chemistry. Students need to have at least one semester (preferably a full year) left in their undergraduate career to be eligible for this award.

This scholarship is renewable at $10,000 per year through the teaching credential program, given that the student remains at the University of Wisconsin and continues to meet the criteria below.

How to Apply
To be considered for the ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship, log in and complete the General Application on your WiSH dashboard. The ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship application opens in January and closes in February. During this open period, you can find the application under “Other Recommended Opportunities” on your WiSH dashboard. The Department of Chemistry’s Fellowships and Scholarships Committee will review all completed applications and will award on the basis of chemistry aptitude, interest in and commitment to teaching high school chemistry, and financial need. Award recipients are notified in mid-April.

Conditions of Award
Recipients of this award must:
• be an enrolled undergraduate student at UW-Madison in the upcoming fall semester majoring in the chemical sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, or related)
• have a commitment to becoming a high school chemistry teacher after completion of a bachelor’s degree
• intend to complete an educational program resulting in a teaching certification at the high school level
• maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 while receiving the award
• be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Scholarship recipients must also agree to update the Department of Chemistry with valid contact information (name and address) as necessary, be photographed for a bio which will be sent to the donor, and respond annually to the Hach foundation with a very brief one or two sentence statement of their career status for the first six years after graduation.

Scholarships with a financial need component require a completed FAFSA form on file with UW-Madison. Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. It is recommended that students contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to learn about potential impact on current aid packages.

$10,000 renewable
Department of Chemistry
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide a brief statement of interest describing why you want to pursue a career as a high school chemistry teacher and your interest in science.
  2. When was your first semester at UW-Madison as an undergraduate student? Please state semester and year, as in "Fall 2022".
  3. What semester and year do you plan to graduate?
  4. What is your current chemistry GPA?
  5. Please provide the phonetic pronunciation of your name (i.e. Raul Gonzalez is rah-OOL gon-SAH-les). Use this link for further instructions on phonetic pronunciation:
  6. Use student center to retrieve and upload your unofficial transcript. To do so, click "View Unofficial Transcripts" on the Academic Records tile. If you need an additional assistance on how to download your unofficial transcript, please refer to these instructions.
  7. If you are a transfer student, please indicate where and when you previously attended:
  8. The ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Application does not automatically import records from previously attended institutions. Therefore, transfer students who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at UW-Madison are required to attach their transcripts to this section of the application. Even though this section is not marked as required, transfer students must provide the requested document. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the Committee's review. Transcripts should be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  9. Please provide information on your enrollment in a teacher certification program:
    • Are you currently enrolled in a teacher certification program?
    • If no, when are you planning to apply and where (what school)?
  10. Please provide information on other scholarships you may be receiving:
    • Are you currently receiving any scholarships?
    • If yes, what scholarship(s) and when were they awarded?
  11. Please provide the name and email of the faculty member expected to provide a supporting nomination letter:
  12. Please provide a resume that details your current and past activities at the University of Wisconsin. This could include undergraduate research (including the names of your supervisors and dates or semesters), publications, and/or other professionally relevant activities. Make sure to highlight any volunteer work and science outreach activities performed.
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