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Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Inc. Orange County Chapter

 PO BOX 10942
[P] (949) 706-7985
[F] --
orangecount[email protected]
Kathleen  Kerrigan
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Organization DBA ARCS/OC
Orange County ARCS Foundation
ARCS Foundation Orange County
ARCS Orange County
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0850655 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

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. 

Mission Statement

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. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $142,000.00
Projected Revenue $150,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ARCS Scholar Awards

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

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. 

Background Statement

ARCS Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in Los Angeles in 1958, based on the concerns of a group of women who viewed the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik as a wake-up call for the need to facilitate scientific innovation by US citizens. Based on the recommendation by Dr. Lee DuBridge (then president of California Institute of Technology) they established a foundation to raise funds to support US citizens studying in STEM fields. The Orange County chapter was chartered in 1999 by founding president, Patricia Beckman. It is one of sixteen chapters nationwide and raises funds to provide scholar awards to PhD and MD/PhD students at the University of California, Irvine. Scholar Awards are funded by a variety of sources: individual donations (each member is required to donate to the Scholar Awards Fund annually); corporate donations; proceeds from the Annual Beckman Family Science Lecture and Dinner; and funds from successful grant applications. To date, we have donated a total of $2,466,000 for 265 awards to 146 individual scholars at UCI.

Impact Statement

Scholar alumni surveys indicate that the ARCS Award has had significant impact post-graduation in the areas of supporting research (publications in refereed journals, other papers, major presentations, and large-scale grant funding); fostering innovation (receipt of scientific awards, registration of patents); contributing to economic development (start-up companies); and building the STEM pipeline (completion of degrees, pursuit of careers in funded scientific fields); and mentoring K-12, undergraduate and graduate students.

Needs Statement

According to a National Science Foundation document “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education: Background, Federal Policy and Legislative Action” there continues to be concern that the United States is not preparing enough students, teachers and practitioners in the STEM fields. As a result, STEM education is linked to our nation’s competitiveness and has received insufficient attention. Furthermore, the increased number of foreign graduate students, especially those from Asia, expressed the hope that they could stay in the US after receiving their degree. However, now the economies such as India and China have become competitive, many of these foreign nationals see greater opportunities returning to their home countries. This change, in conjunction with the fact that the US has one of the lowest STEM to non-STEM degree productions in the world presents serious concerns for our continued leadership, not to mention competitiveness in these fields.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

President Statement

In 1863, to stay competitive with Europe, President Lincoln Signed the act of incorporation that created National Academy of Sciences.

In 1958, after the launch of the Sputnik satellite a group of women decided that more needs to be done for the U.S. to be technologically competitive with the rest of the world. They met with California Institute of Technology President Lee Du Bridge. Together they created a unique partnership between Science and Society. This was the beginning of ARCS, a model for women’s philanthropy for science education.

Today, ARCS has fifteen chapters nationwide and has granted $106 million of Scholar awards which is equivalent to 17142 years of financial Support to 10,010 ARCS Scholars.

ARCS Orange County chapter was founded in 1999. In 2000, the first year of the chapter’s existence, we raised $ 62,500 for scholar awards. Since then ARCS Orange county Chapter has raised $2,466,000 and given 265 awards to 143 Scholars.

We are continuously making progress in raising funds but at a slower pace than before 2008. We would like to pick up the pace as before and provide award for more scholars. We also need to increase our membership and are reaching out into the community.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donors may mail a check, donate via the website, attend/underwrite events, and volunteer to help with the mission of Orange County ARCS Foundation.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
Our organization specifically serves students enrolled at UC Irvine, Irvine, CA, 92697.  Many of the student awardees come from other parts of the county, state and country.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Graduate & Professional Schools
  2. Medical Research - Biomedicine & Bioengineering Research
  3. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection



ARCS Scholar Awards

The Orange County Chapter of ARCS offers unrestricted awards to advanced Ph.D. students in the STEM disciplines at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine).  Our Chapter also provides support to STEM students at other levels (e.g., undergraduates or Masters) if a donor indicates an interest in supporting a STEM student at that level.  Currently, new awards are $5,000 per student per year for two years, provided that the student is in good standing and has not graduated.  We would like to support at least 20 graduate students each academic year.  We may soon add two other STEM academic programs to the five Schools that our Chapter currently supports at UC Irvine, increasing our goal to fund up to 24 graduate students per year.
Budget  $120,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served US
Program Short-Term Success 
Our scholars complete their STEM degree in a timely manner.  During their time at the university, they contribute to cutting edge research in a variety of scientific and technical fields and present the results of their work at conferences and meetings and also mentor less advanced students.  Many of them make the time to actively volunteer or even lead community service programs.   When surveyed about the impact on their education of the financial support they receive from ARCS, our Scholars responded as follows:
Significant difference in scholar education -- 89%
Significant importance to life after graduation -- 63%
Importance for moral support and encouragement -- 77%
Importance for completion of research -- 64%
Importance for completing the degree more quickly -- 34%
Importance for completing the degree -- 48% 
Program Long-Term Success  Alumni of our Scholar Awards program contribute to the advancement of science and technology in the U.S. as researchers and educators.  The trajectory of their careers, influential publications and acquisition of extramural funding to support meaningful research all attest to their long-term success.  In addition, many of them participate in community service that includes, as relevant to their discipline, stewardship of the environment, health care volunteer work and/or the mentoring of students.
Program Success Monitored By  Officers of our organization collect information about out Scholars.
Examples of Program Success 

Our ARCS Scholar Alumni make significant contributions in:

Research – Publications, presentations, large-scale grants

Economic Development – Founding science-related companies

Innovation – Acknowledged by significant scientific awards and patents

Building the STEM pipeline – Teaching, Mentoring K-12 students


CEO/Executive Director Chandra Jain
CEO Term Start July 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Project Scientist
Community Volunteer 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Patricia (Patsy) Janda July 2017 June 2018
Chandra Jain Jain July 2015 June 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 46
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 46
Male: --
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Chandra Jain
Board Chair Company Affiliation ARCS
Board Chair Term July 2018 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair Mrs Patricia Janda
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2017 - June 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sue Alexopoulos Community Volunteer Voting
Rudi Berkelhamer Ph. D. Retired Teaching Professor, UCI Voting
Diana Casey Community Volunteer Voting
Ana Chu M.D. Anasthesiologist Voting
Miki Csintalan University of Calif., Irvine Voting
Judy Greenspon Founder, President NPI Services Inc. Voting
Barbara Hamkalo Ph. D. Retired Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry School of Biological Sciences, UCI Voting
Chandra Jain Vice President consulting services, Technijian Inc. Voting
Patricia Janda Retired adminstration Teacher at University High School Voting
Kathleen Kerrigan Retired Legal Adminstrator Voting
Ellen Lewis Community Volunteer Voting
Arzu Osborne Community volunteer Voting
Anna Papio Toda Ph. D. Principal Scientist, Energous Corporation; Vice Chair IEEE WIE OC Chapter Voting
Marie Richman Ph. D Retired, Director , Administration and Research Policy at University of California , I Voting
Jacqueline Rojas Professor Voting
Wendy Solovay J.D. Attorney Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 41
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 45
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


We are continuously making progress in raising funds but at a slower pace than before 2008. We would like to pick up the pace as before and provide awards for more scholars. We also need to increase our membership and are reaching out into the community.

During 2016-17, ARCS Foundation set the framework for its future by taking the preliminary steps necessary to implement our enterprise-wide Strategic Plan 2017–2022. While preparing for the next five years, we remained true to our mission — to advance science in America by awarding funds to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering, and medical research — and by so doing, we established a new baseline of unprecedented financial support for our ARCS Scholars and for our organization.


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Scholarship


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $142,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 990_2016-17.pdf

2015 990_2015-16.pdf

2014 990_2014-15.pdf

2013 990_2013-14.pdf

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $224,889 $79,167 $142,485
Total Expenses $143,859 $123,830 $127,286

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$113,745 $84,571 $145,303
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $9,345 $4,915 $13,078
Investment Income, Net of Losses $103,863 $481 $1,391
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $-2,064 $-10,800 $-17,287
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $10,800 $17,287

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $127,459 $107,419 $109,786
Administration Expense $16,400 $16,411 $17,500
Fundraising Expense -- $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- $1,680 $1,860
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.56 0.64 1.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 87% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,166,758 $1,076,728 $1,096,491
Current Assets $1,166,758 $251,920 $263,163
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $153,900 $144,900 $120,000
Total Net Assets $1,012,858 $931,828 $976,491

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.58 1.74 2.19

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose No Campaign at this time
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2017 - June 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

BOARD COMMENTS: We are challenged by shrinking and aging membership combined with difficult financial times.  We are in the process of strategic planning on how to increase and broaden membership and donations.  

Foundation Comments



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