Rising sophomore Shuaib Balogun of the Chemical Engineering Department has been chosen to receive a scholarship by the American Chemical Society. He carried a cumulative GPA of 3.97 during his freshman year at UMass Amherst. Balogun has been educated at Concord College (Shrewsbury, Shropshire) in the United Kingdom for his A levels and at Day Waterman College (Abeokuta, Nigeria) for his GCSES.
The American Chemical Society Scholars Program (About the ACS Scholars Program) awards renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields, such as environmental science, toxicology, chemical technology, and chemical engineering. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors are eligible to apply. The ACS Scholars Program was established in 1994 to attract African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students considered underrepresented in the chemical sciences by the National Science Foundation to pursue careers in the field. The program also aims to help build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry and assist students in acquiring skills and credentials needed for success.
Balogun has already distinguished himself during his education. He worked as an intern at Rite Foods Limited (a food production company) in Lagos, Nigeria, during 2009-2010, where he learned processes used in a sausage making factory and also worked on the marketing team. During another internship with Aeroland Limited (airline ticket retailers) in Lagos during 2011, he performed accounting tasks using Excel.
During his time at UMass Amherst, Balogun has joined the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Student Association and also served as the Cultural Chair of the African Student Association. Before that he was on the soccer teams at Day Waterman College and Concord College. Among other awards, he won a Bronze Award at the Senior Math Challenge of the United Kingdom Trust, and he received the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. (June 2015)