Drs. Kalyan K. and Abha P. Ghosh Endowed Scholarship
Criteria: (Two Awards Equal to Full Annual Tuition) The Kalyan K. and Abha P. Ghosh Scholarship will be awarded to incoming or current students attending Worcester State University. Incoming students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while current matriculating students should carry a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. The applicants must major in any Life or Physical Science or Computer Science/Mathematics Program and show evidence of financial need by demonstrating a maximum family income of $35,000, or less if the applicant is a dependent student.
The presidency of Kalyan K. Ghosh, Ph.D., ninth president of Worcester State University, was marked by significant accomplishments in all areas of campus life affecting the University community. During his 10-year tenure, from 1992 to 2002, the University saw significant enhancements to its academic reputation, the caliber of its students, and the quality of several academic programs. Additionally, the University’s financial base was significantly strengthened, and the grounds and building facilities were improved in a number of ways including the construction of a state-of-the-art science and technology center.
Among Dr. Ghosh’s most enduring accomplishments was the establishment of the Worcester State Foundation, which oversees soliciting funds from alumni, corporations, and foundations. The Foundation provides scholarship assistance and program support, helping to ensure that a quality WSU education will be accessible to current and future generations of students. He noted, “When I established the fundraising program, I wanted to change the culture of giving. One way was to create naming opportunities through endowed funds. When students graduate and are successful, hopefully they will feel the obligation to do the same thing for future generations of students. My wife and I wanted to lead by example by establishing our own scholarship.”
Dr. Ghosh and his wife, Abha, who also holds a doctorate degree, met at the University of Calcutta, where they both majored in chemistry. She has had a successful career as a college professor and administrator and as a scientist. The couple has two children and four grandchildren.
Following his retirement in 2002, Dr. Ghosh remarked, “I hope to be remembered as a person who led the University with a vision who created a lot of student-focused programs and expected a lot of the individuals who work at the University. Most of all, I hope to be remembered as a fair person who made a difference in the life of the campus.”