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Schering-Plough honored for contributions to chemistry scholarships

American Chemical Society

Schering-Plough Corporation has been designated a "National Partner" by the American Chemical Society for its $100,000 contribution to the ACS Scholars Program which encourages African-American, Hispanic and American Indian students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences and chemical technology.

John Piwinski, Ph.D., group vice president, Chemical Research, Schering-Plough Research Institute, will be recognized by Jim Burke, chair of the ACS Board of Directors, during a ceremony March 14 in San Diego at the Society's 229th national meeting. ACS is the world's largest scientific society.

ACS honored Schering-Plough for its unique contribution to the Scholars Program. For each of the past two years, Schering-Plough has provided grants of $50,000 to bring 20 freshmen into the Scholars Program with $2,500 scholarships. "Schering-Plough is a proud sponsor of the ACS Scholars Program. We are committed to supporting young chemists as chemistry is one of the foundations of pharmaceutical research and development," said Cecil Pickett, Ph.D., senior vice president, Schering-Plough Corporation and president, Schering-Plough Research Institute.

ACS is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Scholars program at the San Diego meeting and at its fall national meeting in Washington, D.C. With the contributions of corporations such as Schering-Plough, in addition to the Society's funding, the ACS has awarded $8 million in scholarships to almost 1,500 talented minority students with financial need.

The Scholars Program is available for qualified applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering, and for students seeking a two-year degree in chemical technology.

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The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. The ACS Web site is http://www.chemistry.org.

Schering-Plough is a global science-based health care company with leading prescription, consumer and animal health products. Through internal research and collaborations with partners, Schering-Plough discovers, develops, manufactures and markets advanced drug therapies to meet important medical needs. Schering-Plough's vision is to earn the trust of the physicians, patients and customers served by its more than 30,000 people around the world. Based in Kenilworth, N.J., the company's Web site is http://www.schering-plough.com.

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