The ARCS Foundation was founded in 1958 in Los Angeles, California, in response to the launch of the first satellite in space, the Russian Sputnik. Our founders became aware of the need to support the education of American scientists in order to become competitive in the field of technology. The ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit organization composed of professional and nonprofessional members who volunteer their services. With pride, ARCS chapters are now located in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Metropolitan Washington, Northern California, Orange County, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego and Seattle.

The ARCS Phoenix Chapter, currently with 79 Active, Associate and Life Members, has awarded $3,544,400 in scholarship monies from 1975-2008 to 626 scholars from our three major universities. All chapters nationwide have awarded $66,342,962 to 12,084 scholars from 1958-2008.

A student receiving a scholarship must have a high scholastic record, proven ability in a scientific field, and be a citizen of the United States. Phoenix ARCS scholarships provide the recipients with $7,000 each for one year.