Lake Superior State University makes history as the first school to offer students a cannabis chemistry scholarship. This is an exciting move for those looking to get into the industry.
This Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan College was already in the news for offering its groundbreaking cannabis chemistry program, which has been available to students since 2019. Now they are supporting this bold move with a scholarship for those who need help to join the program and be able to afford school.
This new cannabis chemistry scholarship would not be possible without the support of Steadfast Labs, a cannabis testing facility in Hazel Park, Michigan that works in partnership with the college. Steadfast Labs funds a $ 1,200 scholarship each year for students attending cannabis chemistry school, giving LSSU students even more opportunities.
“We are committed to nurturing and supporting the best scientific talent,” said Steadfast Labs founder and CO, Avram Zallen. “We believe that education is the key to increasing the level of safety and integrity in the industry – educating consumers and educating the industry.”
“The grant confirms key components of our vision: being avant-garde and promoting social mobility,” added LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley on the new, unique opportunity for those studying cannabis chemistry.
The Cannabis Chemistry Scholarship and Program
To qualify for the Cannabis Chemistry Scholarship, students must be in the sophomore year or above and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Priority is given to students living in the Detroit area as Steadfast Labs is based in Detroit.
Since 2019, when the school pioneered the country’s first cannabis chemistry program, the number of students studying chemistry and cannabis has “grown exponentially,” according to Dean Steve Johnson of the College of Science and the Environment.
In 2020, the school went one step further and opened a cannabis chemistry facility for students and teachers. Participants in the program can now use real cannabis buds in place of replacement buds that are similar to the cannabis plant while, according to the school, “fully meets all legal requirements for limited use of regulated materials in an educational setting”.
This new move in enrolling a cannabis chemistry scholarship now makes the program even more comprehensive and accessible, and draws on the stock moves that have taken place in the U.S. this year and most recently in relation to cannabis.
Although the LSSU program is the first of its kind to “focus solely on cannabis chemistry,” more colleges are now following suit. The school claims the cannabis industry should create more than 500,000 jobs by next year, and its goal is to ensure that those who graduate are ready in the areas of “public health and safety, government management, and business applications.” ” to work.
This exciting new Cannabis Chemistry Scholarship will allow students to better study their chosen path and eventually qualify for clinical chemistry, food safety and quality assurance, or formulation and process development in the growing cannabis industry. And as programs like this grow in the academic world, the stigma against cannabis is slowly fading.