The KMF Professional Excellence Scholarship Program is in its third full year of operation and provides up to $15,000 per recipient, over two years, to support them in achieving their full potential.

We are on the lookout for exceptional college juniors and seniors who come from low income, less-privileged families but are mature, ambitious, high-achieving, and have an entrepreneurial mindset.

The Program is performance-based and limited to students with intended careers in business, finance, computer science and/or data science.

Our ultimate goal is to help these promising young people achieve top 1% performance in their professional careers, thereby contributing to happy, fulfilling lives and the ability to significantly help their families, communities, and fellow KMF recipients ("KMFers").

To achieve this goal, KMF offers a practical, powerful, experience-based curriculum designed to provide KMFers with a rock solid foundation for early, middle and later career success. Here are the key components for years 1 and 2:

Our Program goes beyond developing essential skills and providing invaluable tools for success; it focuses on building a mindset that will help KMFers eventually start their own businesses and become their own bosses. We believe that entrepreneurship offers individuals greater control over their future, and we want to support them in pursuing this opportunity whenever they are ready.

KMF is led by co-founder Curt Kohlberg, an entrepreneur who failed at nearly everything in his twenties and early thirties yet who went on to found and serve as CEO for two highly successful international consulting firms specializing in business strategy and market research. Mr. Kohlberg earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Our curriculum places special emphasis on the details, nuances, and take-aways behind Mr. Kohlberg's numerous early career failures, then major successes, as well as those of our distinguished guest speakers.

Examples of early career successes and failures shared by fellow KMFers and Program graduates add to the program's raw, authentic, hands-on learning experience.

apply for
KMF Professional
Excellence Scholarship Program
2024-2025
Applications open:
April 15, 2024

Scholarship Recipients and Alums


Damilola Ajibola
Lagos, Nigeria
Iowa State University
Accounting, Finance, and Business Analytics
Ivini Barbosa
Somerville, MA
UMASS Amherst
Geographic Information Systems & Technology
Amr Baumy
Anaheim, CA
UMass Amherst
Finance and Economics
Huệ Anh Cao
Woodward, OK
Harvard College
East Asian Studies
Ethan Champlin
Boston, MA
UMass Amherst
Finance
Lily Chen
Indianapolis, IN
MIT
Mathematics and Computer Science
Haven Codner
Lauderdale Lakes , FL
Nova Southeastern University
Pre-Med
Elisa Cordova
Chula Vista, CA
UC Berkeley
Computer Science with a minor in Planetary Science
Joseph Duggan
Sudbury, MA
UMass Amherst
Sociology, Nursing
Danielle Egharevba
Surprise, AZ
University of Pennsylvania
Business
Habiba Elfass
Cairo, Egypt
Cornell University
Applied Economics and Management, Concentration in Behavioral Marketing
Carlos Escudero
Juarez, Mexico
University of Houston- Downtown
Finance with minor in Marketing
Victor Figueroa
Sudbury, MA
Boston University
Computer Science
Daniel Flores
Deville, NJ
Illinois Wesleyan University
Finance and Economics with minor in Data Science
Fatima Ghulam
Chicago, IL
Loyola University of Chicago
Biology
Said Gomez
Snellville, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology
Business Administration, Concentration in Strategy and Innovation
Sejun Han
Ilsan, South Korea
Virginia Tech
Business Management
Izzy Huang
Taipai, Taiwan
Northwestern University
Chemical Engineering
Sasha Hussain
Foxboro, MA
University of Southern California
Undecided
Vivian Chiemerie Ike-Njoku
Lagos, Nigeria
Fisk University
Computer Science with minor in Business Administration
Fabrice Jacques
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Vanderbilt University
Cognitive Studies and Computer Science
Marc Jacques
Miramar, Fl
Florida International University
Physical Education-sport & Fitness Studies
Vanshaj Johar
Chandigarh, India.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Business Economics
Abdul Khan
Lexington, MA
UMASS Lowell
Computer Science
Shane Kissinger
Columbia, PA
Harvard College
Mathematics
Isaac Asare Kwaku
Accra, Ghana
Campbellsville University
Computer Science & Mathematics
Haejin Lee
Portland, OR
UMass Amherst
Computer Science & Sociology
Ferdy Montoya
Boston, MA
UMass Boston
Biology
Angelica Mordan
Boston, MA
UMASS Boston
Psychology
Dabeluchukwu Okolo
Lagos, Nigeria
Fisk University
Business Administration; Concentration: Accounting; Minor: Data Science
Chrislord Pierre
Boston, MA
Bentley University
Finance
Jonathan Porche’
Chicago, IL
Roosevelt University
Business Administration
Devangana Rana
Shimla, India
Harvard College
Economics
Kobe Simspon
New Rochelle, NY
New York University
Economics & Computer Science
Tyler Staggs-Burgess
Stratford, Connecticut
Bentley University
Economics-Finance
Vernon Stepney
Baltimore, MD
Howard University
Health Management
Rothsaida Sylvaince
Everett, MA
Harvard College
History, Science, Computer Science
A. Wesley Turner Jr.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sports Management with minor in Business Administration
Quang Vo
San Diego, CA
UC Berkeley
Computer Science
Lisa Watson
Takoradi, Ghana
Fisk University
Biology
Mireese Wilson
Rockland, MA
Massasoit Community College
Special Education
Jonathan Xing
Wilmington, MA
UMass Amherst
Finance