Scholar Awards

Every gift to the Scholar Award Fund goes to the support of our scholars. Unlike most academic grants, ARCS awards are unrestricted, providing flexibility for the recipients to use at their discretion. Your investment makes it possible for ARCS Scholars to attend scientific meetings to explore ideas with cohorts, purchase equipment or computers for research, and travel to areas around the globe to study on site.  

Donors at the $10,000; $7,500; $5,000 or $3,750 level can elect to sponsor or co-sponsor a named Scholar Award. ARCS Foundation Atlanta makes a 2–3-year commitment to each scholar. Pease consider renewing your donation annually. 


Selma Piranej – Herz Global Impact Award

Selma Piranej
Herz Global Impact Award
Emory University
Ph.D. Student, Chemistry

Selma Piranej graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Biochemistry and is currently pursuing a Chemistry Ph.D. from Emory University. Selma’s research interests include DNA nanotechnology and leveraging it to create synthetic systems for sensing applications. Throughout her undergraduate career, Selma has been a part of the Mulcahy Scholar’s program and published three peer-reviewed articles, two of which were first author. She was also awarded the American Institute of Chemists prize. Her graduate career thus far has resulted in two peer-reviewed published articles and one first author article currently under review in Nature Nanotechnology. Selma’s career goal is to work in academia as a research professor. In her free time, Selma enjoys hiking, swimming, and learning new languages. In addition to English, Selma speaks Albanian, Italian, and Spanish.