Bertha Kalm Scholarship

The Office of Graduate Studies & Research is pleased to offer the Bertha Kalm Scholarship for graduate students at SJSU.  This scholarship is the result of an endowment made by Bertha Kalm on behalf of her parents, Amanda and Charles Kalm.  She established the scholarship in 1995 expressly "to support graduate students in any field of instruction, who need financial assistance to continue their education, and who demonstrate a desire to make a difference for humanity." 

Awards are restricted to first-year students in a master's degree program at SJSU.  Only members of the faculty who mentor graduate students can forward the name and supporting information of an applicant.  Funds available for disbursement in this scholarship account vary from year to year, and the maximum award possible is $1,000 per student.  Applicants will be evaluated on the quality of scholarship that established eligibility for admission to the graduate program, a personal statement by the applicant regarding goals to be achieved by the master's degree, and the mentor's assessment of the applicant's potential success. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with financial needs.  There will be a maximum of one award per department or school.

For more about Bertha Kalm and her generous gift keep reading

How To Apply

Interested students should contact their student mentor about recommending them for the scholarship well in advance of the May 22, 2015 deadline.

The student mentor should supply copies of 1) the downloaded application, filled out and signed by the student, 2) the student's undergraduate transcript (unofficial okay), 3) the student's personal statement regarding goals to be achieved by the master's degree (entered on the application above), 4) the mentor's statement about the student's potential for success in a cover letter announcing the submission of the application, and 5) the completed (by the student) Permission to Publish form. The mentor should then send the package to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research, ADM 223B, no later than Friday, May 22, 2015. All paperwork must be submitted single-sided, no staples and clipped together. The award will be announced at the end of May, 2015.

Who Is My Mentor?

A mentor is a faculty sponsor, of sorts, of your academic program.  It is someone who usually knows your scholastic history, potential, level of performance, plans, and goals.  It is a professor from whom you have taken a class or classes and who is impressed with your abilities.  It is a professor willing to spend quite a bit of time, not only writing you a recommendation for this scholarship, but working with you in the future on research and other activities that would enhance your education and prepare you for your future in or out of academics.


Bertha Kalm Scholarship 2014 Winners

Graduate Studies & Research and San Jose State University are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Bertha Kalm Scholarship.

Matt Borkenhagen - Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Jennifer Keliher - Marine Science

Callie Sendek -  Geology

Judith Johanna Suarez Vargas -  Social Work

Brittney West - Counselor Education

Congratulations!!