Underrepresented Student Scholarship Fund

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the CGIF partnered in 2020 to create the Underrepresented Student Scholarship Fund to embrace diversity and break down racial barriers that exist within the materials science industry. This scholarship fund has already provided awards to students who are a part of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). In the future, ACerS/CGIF plans to grow this initiative to embrace even more students in the materials science profession.


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers was founded in 1975 to encourage collegiate and pre-collegiate students in engineering and technology. NSBE currently has more than 6,000 chapters in the U.S. with more than 24,000 active members. The mission of NSBE is "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

Devon Woodfine received the 2021 scholarship in conjunction with NSBE. Learn more about Devon here.

"I’m truly grateful that the (CGIF) selected me as the winner this year." 

—Devon Woodfine 

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The Society for Hispanic Engineers was founded in 1974 to foster Hispanic leadership in the STEM field. SHPE currently has nearly 300 chapters in the U.S. with an annual National Convention drawing in about 6,000 students and professionals. SHPE "changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development."

Lilly Garcia and Jose Tabarez received 2021 scholarships in conjunction with SHPE. Learn more about Lilly and Jose.

Lilly Garcia

“I really enjoy the feeling of support, that someone chose you... That's what I feel like is helping me (and) pushing me forward.”

—Lilly Garcia

"Materials science is an essential factor in improving our housing, our forms of transportation, the way we work, and so much more."

—Jose Tabarez


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of students?

Consider donating directly to the Underrepresented Student Scholarship Fund today.