Bertha Kalm Scholarship

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." 

Up to four scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to students  in the 2021-2022 academic year.  Students may not self-apply to this scholarship, but may contact tenure-track faculty and seek their support.

Application Process

1.  Only tenured or tenure-track faculty may put forward a student for consideration of this award.  They must also write the primary letter of recommendation.  Faculty are encouraged to seek out those first-year students whom they believe exemplify the qualities outlined in the selection criteria.

2.  The application should be completed by the student.  The student should return the application and attendant documents (personal statement, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a resume or CV, and an additional letter of recommendation from another faculty member or person outside of the SJSU, e.g., work supervisor, charitable organization, or undergraduate mentor) to the faculty member supporting the application.

3.  The complete application will be forwarded by the referring faculty member to the student's college for their review

4.  Up to four applications from each college will be forwarded to the College of Graduate Studies for review by the Graduate Studies & Research Committee.  That committee will select the scholarship winners.

Important Dates

Nominations are due to each college no later than March 31, 2022.  Students should check with their primary faculty supporter to confirm this date.  Some colleges may choose to close the nomination period earlier than March 31.

Nominations must be received by the College of Graduate Studies from each college no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2022.

Selection Criteria

Based on the requirements of the endowment, there are three criteria for scholarship selection:

  1. “Quality of scholarship that has established eligibility for admission to a graduate program” [performance before grad school, as judges by undergraduate transcript and support letter(s)].
  2. “Personal statement regarding goals to be achieved by the master’s degree” [how well the students link their educational goals and degree objective with their desire and plans to make a difference for humanity, as judged by the personal statement].
  3. Faculty assessment of potential success” [based on letters of recommendation, and success broadly defined. Highest scores for both academic success and goal success].

Application [pdf]


Previous Recipients

2018-2019
2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022