Established in 2020

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Eligibility: The scholarship will benefit juniors, seniors, graduate students or PhD  candidates enrolled at Fisk University or another Tennessee HBCU who are seeking a science degree and are committed to a career in their chosen profession. Applicants must complete an essay on “The Role of Science Education in Today’s Society”, have a 3.0 GPA or better, qualify for financial aid and describe their extracurricular and community service activities.


The Family of Dr. K.B. (Krish) Deshpande established this Scholarship Fund to honor Krish’s core values of the promise of academic excellence, scientific inquiry, and evidence-based educational programs to lift up entire communities cast aside by society, regardless of race. Dr. Deshpande was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1957, which brought him to the United States for a post-doctoral fellowship. After his first few years in academia, he was recruited by physicist and future Fisk University President James Lawson to become a Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Deshpande spent a career of scholarship and leadership at Fisk from 1965 until his retirement in 2002.