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. 

Anny Caceres, 2010-2013 ARCS Scholar

Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the generosity of each and every ARCS member. Your support has helped give me confidence as I start on the path to my Ph.D.

--Anny Caceres, recipient of the Joy-Linhart Award

Whitney Coyle- The Bennett-Coppersmith-Palmer Scholar Award

Being an ARCS Scholar has been very rewarding thus far. I have been able to focus much more on my studies and research, than on the financial worries that graduate school can bring. ARCS Foundation has also given me the priceless opportunity to meet other great women who support the sciences. These contacts, with ARCS donors and other ARCS scholars, will be a valuable asset for my future research career.

Chase Butler, 2008-2011 Scholar

My ARCS award has allowed me to make connections with professionals in my field. It has given me a chance to learn about the roles of conservation scientists in institutions, as well as tell them about the research I've been doing.

--Chase Butler, 2008-2011 recipient of the Hans and Leslie Fleischner Award