“This is going to sound repetitive,” Martínez-Díaz jokes, but it was Melissa who told her all about the ACS Scholars Program. Melissa’s classmate had recently become an ACS Scholar and told Melissa about the program’s benefits. “Melissa figured, ‘It’s too late for me to get the scholarship, but maybe I can help my sister get it,’ ” Martínez-Díaz says. The younger sister applied for the program and became an ACS Scholar in 1998, toward the end of her freshman year at UPR. The award, which provides up to $5,000 annually to underrepresented minority students pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences, allowed her to focus on exploring her academic interests, a luxury not all of her classmates could afford.
by Carmen Drahl |
June 28, 2010