Who We Are

Atlanta is the commercial and transportation hub of the Southeast United States and houses the world headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Genuine Parts, First Data, Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, Southern Company, SunTrust Bank, and UPS. In the 1960’s, Atlanta was “the city too busy to hate.” Today, as is evidenced by the recent work of the Centers for Disease Control and Emory University Hospital to cure victims of the Ebola virus, it is “the city not too busy to care.” Educational institutions such as Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Morehouse College, a historically black college, enhance the vibrancy of the city. And, just 70 miles away is Athens, GA, the home of the University of Georgia.

ARCS Foundation Atlanta Chapter consists of approximately 150 determined, philanthropic women committed to providing support for outstanding scholars from Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College and the University of Georgia. These gifted students are the “best and the brightest” in their fields of study. All have been selected by their respective schools for meeting and maintaining the high standards of academic excellence required by ARCS Foundation. We are proud to be playing a part in their achievements and we look forward to their collective ability to contribute to our future quality of life. We believe that our nation’s economic health depends on its ability to stimulate scientific research.

Photo by James E. Fitts, Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Chapter was incorporated in 1992 and presented the first three scholar awards in October of that year. Since then, the Atlanta Chapter has awarded over $5.3 million to more than 500 scholars. For the 2018-9 academic year, the Atlanta Chapter awarded $416,500 in scholar awards to 54 scholars.

The Atlanta Chapter has no paid staff. As an organization of volunteers, we are proud to state that 100 percent of every dollar donated toward an award goes directly to the scholars.

ARCS Foundation Atlanta members keep in touch with the scholars and their institutions. Each year there are visits to the schools and opportunities to enrich the members as well as the scholars. The highlight of the year is our annual Scholar Awards Luncheon where we honor our scholars, their schools and our donors.

Thanks from Alum Collette Miller, Postdoctoral Fellow at US Environmental Protection Agency

"Thank you all for reaching out and the support over the years. It's been a rocky few years following the passing of my doctoral research mentor a few weeks prior to my dissertation defense. Trying to rebound from his loss, finishing my dissertation, and figuring out where to go from there was challenging to say the least ... Thank you again for your support. Honestly I did not know how much I would have ended up relying on the generous gift that the Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation provided when it was first received. However, it was vital in helping me launch a new chapter in my career when I found my plans collapse when my mentor passed. Again, THANK YOU!"

Thanks from Alum Eliot Quon, Postdoctoral Researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

ARCS Foundation has been a highlight of my academic career thus far, thank you for the support!

Thanks from Monica Gerth, Research Fellow at University of Otago, New Zealand

My ARCS scholar award was tremendously important to me not just financially, but it was also a huge confidence boost/validation.