The KMF Professional Excellence Scholarship Program is in its fourth 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 looking for exceptional incoming college juniors and seniors who come from low income, less-privileged families and are mature, ambitious, high-achieving, and most importantly, have an entrepreneurial mindset.

The Program is performance-based and limited to students with intended careers in business (all disciplines/industries, yet especially management consulting, investment banking, market research and/or asset management), computer science, artificial intelligence, and/or data science.

Our mission 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 scholarship recipients ("KMFers").

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

Our Program goes beyond developing essential skills and tools and providing invaluable insights for top 1% 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 want to support them in pursuing this opportunity if and when they become ready, at any point in their professional careers.

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 companies specializing in business strategy, market research, benchmarking, contract negotiation and transaction advisory services. 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 key take-aways behind Mr. Kohlberg's numerous early career mistakes, then major successes.

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

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Program Graduates

Ivini Barbosa
Somerville, MA
UMASS Amherst
Geographic Information Systems & Technology
Elisa Cordova
Chula Vista, CA
UC Berkeley
Computer Science with a minor in Planetary Science
Joseph Duggan
Sudbury, MA
UMass Amherst
Sociology, Nursing
Victor Figueroa
Sudbury, MA
Boston University
Computer Science
Fatima Ghulam
Chicago, IL
Loyola University of Chicago
Sasha Hussain
Foxboro, MA
University of Southern California
Marc Jacques
Miramar, Fl
Florida International University
Physical Education-sport & Fitness Studies
Abdul Khan
Lexington, MA
UMASS Lowell
Computer Science
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
Angelica Mordan
Boston, MA
UMASS Boston
Dabeluchukwu Okolo
Lagos, Nigeria
Fisk University
Business Administration; Concentration: Accounting; Minor: Data Science
Ibrahim Qasem
Ad Dali, Yemen
Harvard College
Neuroscience; Minor: Computer Science
Tyler Staggs-Burgess
Stratford, Connecticut
Bentley University
Vernon Stepney
Baltimore, MD
Howard University
Health Management
Rothsaida Sylvaince
Everett, MA
Harvard College
History, Science, Computer Science
Quang Vo
San Diego, CA
UC Berkeley
Computer Science
Mireese Wilson
Rockland, MA
Massasoit Community College
Special Education

Year 2s

Damilola Ajibola
Lagos, Nigeria
Iowa State University
Accounting, Finance, and Business Analytics
Amr Baumy
Anaheim, CA
UMass Amherst
Finance and Economics
Ethan Champlin
Boston, MA
UMass Amherst
Lily Chen
Indianapolis, IN
Mathematics and Computer Science
Habiba Elfass
Cairo, Egypt
Cornell University
Applied Economics and Management, Concentration in Behavioral Marketing
Daniel Flores
Deville, NJ
Illinois Wesleyan University
Finance and Economics with minor in Data Science
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
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
Vanshaj Johar
Chandigarh, India.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Business Economics
Shane Kissinger
Columbia, PA
Harvard College
Chrislord Pierre
Boston, MA
Bentley University
Devangana Rana
Shimla, India
Harvard College

Year 1s

Michael Acquaah-Harrison
Charlton, MA
Carnegie Mellon University
Business Administration with Finance Concentration
Oluwakorede J Adesiyan
Lagos, Nigeria
University of Illinois Springfield
Management Information Systems
Emmanuel Adeyemi
Lagos, Nigeria
Fisk University
Computer Science
Oreoluwa Ala
Ekiti, Nigeria
Claflin University
Computer Science
Jeanette Arteaga
Inglewood, CA
UC Los Angeles
International Development and Entrepreneurship
Pacifique Bavugameshi
Knoxville, TN
The University of Chicago
Economics, Psychology, and History
Junnay By
Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley
Economics and Media Studies
Michelle Chan
Houston, TX
Computer Science and Media Studies
Sin Yuk Chan
Hong Kong, China
Columbia University
Economics and Math
Javohn B. Dyer
Saginaw, MI
Michigan State University
Global and International Studies: International Development
Asad Ehsan Khan
Karachi, Pakistan
Illinois Wesleyan University
Physics with Computer Science minor
Dagim Gebrie
Eteya, Ethiopia
Harvard University
Physics and Computer Science
Elijah Grehn
Natick, MA
UMass Amherst
Operations and Information Management
Dario Hinojosa Delgadillo
Monterrey, Mexico
University of Chicago
Economics and Data Science
Aishwarya Khubchandani
Mumbai, India
Cornell University
Information Science
Seema Kumari
Ranchi, India
Harvard College
Davi Maciel Dias
Fortaleza, Brazil
Northwestern University
Computer Science
Abdullah Bin Masood
Karachi, Pakistan
Northwestern University
Computer Science and Math
Mohamed Salam Moumie N.
Yaounde, Cameroon
Harvard College
Computer Science
Esther Ogundele
Ota, Nigeria
Fisk University
Computer Science
Chidera Okafor
Lagos, Nigeria
University of Illinois Springfield
Management Information Systems
Remilekun Ore
Lagos, Nigeria
Fisk University
Computer Science with minor in Business Administration
Jessica Ortiz Garcia
Memphis, TN
University of Chicago
Computer Science
Tanmai Pathak
Gurgaon, India
Amherst College
Computer Science and Physics
Fatima Qasem
Ad Dali, Yemen
University of Michigan Dearborn
Computer Science
Vivian Trinh
San Jose, CA
Computer Science
Leah Yeshitila
Garland, TX
Harvard College
History and Literature