Dr. Kunjlata Kothary Master Scholarship

Dr. Kunjlata Kothary Master Scholarship


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.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship is a two-year grant covering 50% of school fees in grades 11 and 12.

Criterion for granting the KKM Scholarship

  • The scholarship will be granted to a female student entering KIS in Grade 11.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a family income that is not sufficient to cover all education-related expenses at KIS.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a desire to pursue studies/career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math.
  • Applicants should excel academically and exhibit outstanding personal character. The recipient will need to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) above 3.75.
  • Applicants should exhibit determination and perseverance in the face of challenges and should possess a strong will to succeed.
  • The application is open to all eligible female students from any country, culture, or religion.

The continuation of the scholarship will be contingent on the performance of the candidate following a bi-annual review.

Donate to this Scholarship

If you would like to support this scholarship, please follow the payment options below.

Donation information for those contributing outside of North America

Please make cheque payable to ‘Kodaikanal International School’ and send to:
PO Box 25, Seven Roads Junction
Kodaikanal-624101, Tamil Nadu, India

For donations by Bank Transfer, please follow this link: https://www.kis.in/community/giving-to-kis/

Please indicate “in honor of Dr. Kunjlata Kothary Master” on your check or bank transfer.

Donation information for those contributing from North America

Please make your donation to Kodai Friends International (KFI), a US-based non-profit organization that supports programs and projects at KIS. To donate, please follow the steps below:

  • Click on the “DONATE NOW” button below
  • Select “KIS Scholarship Fund” (4th option listed)
  • Choose the donate button based on country
  • Choose “one-time” donation
  • Select “in memory/honor of”
  • Enter “in honor of Dr. Kunjlata Kothary Master”
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