Ashok and Ranjana Kulkarni
Alumnus Ashok Kulkarni (PhD, ’76, computer science), and his wife Ranjana, have a long history of educational philanthropy. The private family foundation they founded, the Kulkarni Foundation, has helped build two schools for underserved youth in rural India and supported vocational training for physically challenged children, as well as a scholarship program at Ashok Kulkarni’s undergraduate alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Since 2013, the Kulkarnis have funded the Graduate School’s Kulkarni Foundation Summer Research Fellowship for UMD doctoral students who are graduates of IIT. This summer fellowship enables students who are nearing or have recently achieved candidacy the ability to concentrate fully on their research for the summer.
The Kulkarnis have now extended their support to the Graduate School with a new gift to support the McNair Graduate Fellows program. McNair Graduate Fellowships are awarded to outstanding doctoral students who participated in a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program as an undergraduate. The McNair Program is a national program funded by the Department of Education designed to increase the numbers of students from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds who complete doctorates.
Ashok Kulkarni was recognized as the Graduate School’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Maryland Alumni Association at its annual gala in October.
Pictured: Ashok and Ranjana Kulkarni and Interim Dean Jeffrey Franke and three of the 2016 Kulkarni Foundation Summer Research Fellows.