First-Ever Cannabis Chemistry Scholarship Opens in Michigan

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The Michigan-based Lake Superior State University (LSSU) is the first in the US to offer a $1,200 scholarship for their Cannabis Chemistry program.

Steadfast Labs — a quality testing facility for cannabis — is the University’s collaborator for the grant. And as officials from this testing lab confirm, the goal is to increase public safety by making graduates capable of analyzing the plant’s compounds and detecting eventual contaminants. 

Although this is not the only scholarship offered for cannabis-related studies (for example, there’s also the Veriheal scholarship), it is, for now, the only one promoting a chemistry degree.

Furthermore, the Sault Ste. Marie-based University offers not one but three degrees when it comes to cannabis studies: 

  • Cannabis Chemistry
  • Cannabis Production
  • Cannabis Science

However, only sophomores or upper-class students enrolled in the Cannabis Chemistry program with a GPA of at least 3.0 will qualify for the grant. Plus, as Steadfast Labs operates in Wayne and Oakland Counties, applicants that live there will have priority over others. 

In 2019, LSSU was the first to offer a chemistry program in their Cannabis Center of Excellence (constructed in partnership with Agilent Technologies Inc.).

Today it is one of the most cutting-edge and innovative laboratory centers in the States. The acquisition of new equipment for toxins and pollutants detection in cannabis last month only confirms this. 

However, this Midwest college is not the only institution introducing cannabis-related academic programs. There are also programs at the University of Maryland and Cornell University. Plus, there’s the Fanshawe College cannabis program for post-graduates in Canada.

The fact of the matter is, many educational institutions are trying to compensate for the lack of cannabis specialized professionals within the “weed workforce,”— a fast-growing labor force that will count around 250,000 full-time jobs by the end of 2024.