Mrs. Krishna Devi Sharma Fellowship Endowment


Mrs. Krishna Devi Sharma

Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$35,511 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Offer fellowships to graduate students pursuing PhD's in the field of Chemistry. (GF000121)

Description

Students must be in good academic standing and pursing graduate studies in the field of Chemistry. Preference will be given to renewing to the same student. 


Dr. Virender K. Sharma

History

Mrs. Krishna Devi Sharma born in Polia Prohitan in Himachal Pradesh, India.  She did not have the opportunity to be formally educated, but she was a highly evolved and unusually intelligent person.  With strong values, she brought up her five children with discipline and encouraged them to get a college education.  All of her children received college degrees, first in the three generations of Mrs. Sharma’s family.  One of her youngest children, Virender Sharma, graduated with a doctorate degree in chemistry of natural waters in the United States and came up with the idea to honor Mrs. Sharma with the theme of her teaching “Good things bring good results.” First, Virender dedicated his book to her, published by Wiley Inc. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118482469).  Money earned from the book allowed Virender to create this endowment.  Virender raised additional funds to establish this endowment in her name at the Florida Institute of Technology. 

The goal of the endowment is to award a graduate student in chemistry with preference to first generation who excel in research through high impact journal article publication.