Educational Institutions

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS Foundation)

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.arcsfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.The Pittsburgh Chapter has the additional focus of increasing the number of these scholars pursuing advanced scientific study and research in Western Pennsylvania.

Main Programs

  1. ARCS Scholar Award Fund

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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Missy Unkovic

Keywords

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ARCS; Advancing Science in America; Scholars; PhD; Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine

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EIN

57-1173984

 Number

6674791496

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Overview

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The Pittsburgh chapter of the ARCS Foundation was chartered in 2003 and gave its first award in 2004. By the end of the 2013-2014 academic year it will have distributed a cumulative $1,017,500 to 81 students at its three university partners: Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania State University. At Carnegie Mellon University, students are supported through the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science and the Mellon School of Science. At the University of Pittsburgh the Chapter rewards students who are studying in the School of Medicine, the Department of Bioengineering and the Swanson School of Engineering. And at The Pennsylvania State University, students in Doctoral Programs of Acoustics, Ecology and Plant Biology and in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering receive rewards. For the next academic year (2014-15), the Chapter has committed to distribute $150,000 in awards to 30 students. Typically, each student receives $15,000 payable over a three year period. The awards are unrestricted and can be used in any way that the student wants or needs. The Chapter's major goal in this coming year is to raise at least $180,000 in cash and pledges so that it can fund at least 12 new doctoral candidates in the years 2015-16 through 2017-18. In addition it expects to maintain its membership at approximately 145 while increasing member satisfaction. It hopes to continue to strengthen its relationships with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and with several Pittsburgh corporations in order to afford our scholars more opportunities to interact with the local technological community. It plans to work with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to provide training for its students in presenting their research to a non-scientific audience.

Programs

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Program 1

ARCS Scholar Award Fund

The ARCS Scholars Award Fund is the primary reason for the existence of the ARCS Foundation. ARCS takes great pride in offering a channel for corporate, foundation and individual donors to support education without administrative overhead, because 100% of all donor funds are used to support scholar awards. A Pittsburgh Chapter Scholar receives $5000 of support per year for three years, or until the completion of his or her doctoral degree, whichever is sooner. Each academic institution that the Pittsburgh Chapter partners with undergoes a comprehensive evaluation and must be approved by the ARCS National Board. Candidates for ARCS Awards are recommended by their deans and department chairs. Final selection is determined by the recipient institutions and is based solely on merit. ARCS awards are presented to the scholar as unrestricted funds, providing a resource for expenses that may not be covered by other financial assistance mechanisms.

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

Funds to allow us to reach or surpass our goal of funding 12 scholar awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. $15,000 can support a scholar for 3 years.Design and printing of professional-quality marketing materials that can be used externally with current and potential donors.Ad space in local publications to increase public awareness of the ARCS Foundation and its mission.Freelance writing services to produce human-interest articles featuring some of our ARCS scholars or members which can be placed in local publications to raise public awareness of our organization.Invitations to speak to other organizations about the ARCS Foundation. This could help us find women who might be interested in becoming an ARCS member, as well as helping us raise public awareness.

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Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS Foundation)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Missy Unkovic

BIO

Our organization is 100% volunteer. As a consequence, the President of the Board carries out the duties that an Executive Director ordinarily would perform. Missy's experience includes many years of serving in leadership positions on non-profit boards. In addition she has a strong financial background. Before becoming a full-time volunteer, Missy worked in several different fields including finance, education, computer programming and consulting. She has taught mathematics and computer science to every age group from kindergarten through college. She was a computer programmer at Citibank in the mid 1960's. At Mellon Bank and Rockwell Corporation she worked in several corporate lending and financial areas. She left the corporate world in 1981 to start her own consulting business and managed this until her retirement several years ago. Her non-profit service has involved numerous interesting and varied organizations. She has served as president of the Board of the FISA Foundation, a private foundation helping non-profits that offer programs for some of the most vulnerable people in western Pennsylvania: women, girls, and people with disabilities. For many years, she was chair of the board of the Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania, a medical center serving people with bleeding disorders. She is a trustee and treasurer of two historical cemeteries in the east end of Pittsburgh, Allegheny and Homewood. She is President of the Rebecca Residence Foundation, a supporting organization to Concordia at Rebecca Residence which is a nursing and personal care home. Prior to its merger into the Concordia family, she was chair of the board of Rebecca Residence and guided it through a building project and the merger. Since Phipps Conservatory was privatized in 1993, Missy has sat on its board, serving in the past as treasurer and then president and helping to lead its recent building projects. So as not to ignore the for-profit world, Missy also sits on the board of Smithfield Trust Company. Missy holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her master's degree in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"An ARCS student has already achieved. He or she is a graduate student in one of the best departments in one of the best research universities in the country. Our goal is to insure that these students will complete their studies and become full-fledged scientists. It is they who will create future medical inventions to save lives, find new ways of growing food to help prevent hunger, learn new ways to use computers that we can't dream of today. An ARCS Award is distinguished by its flexibility. It may be spent in any way the student wants or needs. I know of Pittsburgh awards that have been used to pay for meetings and conventions, lab equipment, travel to a far-away home, child care, tickets to arts events in order to provide balance to the science, and one award even bought an engagement ring. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Missy Unkovic

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