Pittsburgh History

ARCS Foundation, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the United States’ capacity for research and innovation in science and technology by providing financial support to the most outstanding American doctoral scholars in the sciences.

The Pittsburgh Chapter, chartered in 2003, has the additional focus of increasing the number of outstanding American scholars pursuing advanced scientific study and research in the western Pennsylvania region.

ARCS Foundation provides a unique, cost-effective, and quality-assured mechanism through which corporate, civic, and philanthropic organizations, as well as individuals, can impact American scientific and technological capacity, a primary engine of national economic growth and a cornerstone of our quality of life.  As an all-volunteer women’s organization, we have no staff costs, thus assuring our donors that nearly 100% of their contributions can go directly to awards for outstanding scholars.

In the 13 years since its founding, the Pittsburgh Chapter has grown from a dedicated core of women supporting a single scholar, to a vital group of about 120 members. In total, members have generated individual and corporate/foundation commitments toward scholar awards of over $1.6 million and have supported 113 Ph.D. scholars in nationally-ranked science/technology research programs at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Penn State University.