As a Christian school, KIS has always recognized that it has a responsibility to its broader community and as such, has made provision to support the education of students coming from socio-economic backgrounds that would otherwise prevent them from studying at the school. To achieve this objective the school budgets a substantial percentage of its financial income and continues to build on an endowment fund to support Financial Aid and Scholarships. You can find out more in our Scholarships section.
Criteria for granting Financial Aid
The student receiving financial aid shall exhibit the following qualities:
For further details pertaining to eligibility for Financial Aid, please review the KIS Financial Aid Policy for 2019 or contact:
Kodaikanal International School
PO Box 25, Seven Roads Junction,
Kodaikanal 624101, Tamil Nadu
Tel: (91) 4542 247 217 / 218 (direct lines) or (91) 4542 247 500 (switchboard)
Fax: (91) 4542 241 109
For the first 75 years of KIS’s existence, tuition fees were provided for from individual foreign churches, mission boards, diplomatic agencies, the UN and organizations. Families paying their own fees were a rarity. In the 1970’s the School’s demographics changed with an increasing number of families paying their own fees.
As these changes became apparent, the school found it necessary to continue to attract deserving students while maintaining the demographic diversity which makes KIS unique. The student would need to exhibit the values we look for which include an outstanding character the ability and willingness to contribute to public service, artistic and / or athletic life of the school, leadership, participation in volunteer, community, school-related activities and critical thinking ability.
Our commitment has been to offer a holistic education to students across the world who are unable to afford such an education. The scholarship we would like to offer would address the issue of unmet financial need which includes limited family income or funds not sufficient to cover education related expenses.
KIS has launched the following scholarship programs:
Russell De Valois graduated from KIS in 1943 and he went on to earn his PhD in Physiological Psychology from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington where his work on color vision became widely known. He was a brilliant scientist who taught at the University of California in Berkeley and conducted pioneering research on vision and how spatial information is analyzed by the brain.
Russell died on September 20, 2003 as a result of a car accident that occurred during his return to California from the 60th anniversary reunion of his KIS graduation.
Click here to know more about Russell De Valois.
KIS proudly launched the Russell De Valois Scholarship through an endowment fund established by Russells’s High School classmates (KIS Class of 1943). The scholarship program is aimed to attract a student who is likely to excel academically and one who can contribute to public service, artistic or athletic life of the school. Applicant must be an Indian citizen with eligibility independent of gender and religion. The applicant must show a will to succeed, critical thinking ability, leadership skills and perseverance in the face of challenges.
The scholarship is offered once in every two years to a student entering Grade 11 for the duration of their study at KIS to graduation at the end of Grade 12. The scholarship will be offered next for the academic year beginning July 2021.
The Excellence in Education Scholarship, similar to the Russell De Valois Scholarship, is offered once in every two years to a student entering Grade 11 for the duration of their study at KIS to graduation at the end of Grade 12. The scholarship will be offered next for the academic year beginning July 2020. The last date to apply for the Excellence in Education Scholarship is March 31, 2020.
Criterion for granting the Excellence in Education Scholarship
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The Dr. Kunjlata Kothary Master Scholarship is awarded to a young woman entering KIS in Grade 11 with demonstrated academic excellence; an ambition to pursue studies and a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math (a woman with STEAM!); and a commitment to serve her community.
About Dr. Kunjlata Kothary Master
Throughout her life, Dr. Kothary Master was a talented and motivated trailblazer. She grew up in Bombay at a time when opportunities for studies and careers in advanced science for women were limited. As she progressed from high school to college she was often one of a few women in each class. In graduate school she was the only woman in her class. In the late 1950s, Dr. Kothary Master left India for London to pursue her PhD in Biochemistry. She then moved to the US and became one of a small number of women to run her own lab at the University of Chicago.
After these remarkable achievements, Dr. Kothary Master’s life changed dramatically. She was incapacitated by a debilitating disease that forced her to give up her bright future in scientific research. However, the same perseverance and fortitude that defined her early success helped her to walk again, talk again, and even publish a book. She continued to contribute to civic life in many ways. She started a small library of South Asian literature for the immigrant community in Chicago, participated in the women’s rights movement, and took responsibility for regularly corresponding with elected officials.
Dr. Kothary Master always believed that an excellent education, hard work, and clear goals could lead to a purposeful life. This scholarship is in honor of Dr. Kothary Master’s scientific achievements and to her grit and optimism that allowed her to overcome barriers and thrive.
Criterion for granting the KKM Scholarship
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