Bertha Kalm Scholarship

Closed for 2019/2020 cycle.

Scholarship will reopen early 2020.


Bertha Kalm Scholarship Winners - 2019/2020

Bertha Kalm Scholarship Winners - 2018/2019

Scholarship Information

Up to six scholarships of $7,300 each will be awarded.

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 students completing their first year in a master’s degree program at SJSU.  Only faculty members who mentor graduate students may put forward for consideration the name and supporting documents of an applicant.  Students may not self-apply.  Up to six scholarships of $7,300 each will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year.  

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, their mentor's assessment of the applicant's potential success, a further letter of recommendation, and the student's transcript. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with financial need.  There will be a maximum of one award per program.  

How to Apply

Faculty should contact those students they believe are deserving of this generous scholarship.  Students must complete  the application (which requires the mentor’s signature as well) and provide all of the supporting documentation to their mentor.  Supporting documents include graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a letter of support from the student’s mentor, a second letter of recommendation, and a Statement of Purpose from the student. Interested students may contact faculty members to make them aware of this scholarship, but faculty will make the determination of whom they wish to put forward.

The mentor will thereafter deliver the completed application package to Graduate Studies, ADM 146 no later than May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Who Is A 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.