Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation, Inc.® (The Foundation) announces funding opportunities for 2018. In addition, the Foundation is delighted to recognize the previous award winners. More than 150 students at Universities around the U.S. have received scholarships and more than 10 marketing faculty have received research grants. Over 40 U.S. veterans are among the award winners, including nine Combat Infantryman Badge holders.
The Foundation exists to pursue the Berkmans’ longstanding dedication and commitment to higher education in the United States, particularly higher education preparing future business leaders and promoting the growth of knowledge into effective business and administration. In addition, the Foundation aims to recognize particularly the achievements of the men and women who have served this country in military service. The Foundation is recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code pursuant to a July 24, 2014 communication. The Foundation intends to annually award scholarships and research fellowship grants, which pursuant to the July 24, 2014 communication, may be excluded from the gross income of recipients for tax purposes. The paragraphs below briefly describe the eligibility and aims of these awards.
The Foundation will award up to 55 - 60 $1,000 scholarships. Scholarships are limited to U.S. Citizens who are matriculating in a university accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A Selection Committee of the Foundation will recommend recipients to the Foundation Board based on applications submitted to the Board. Scholarships will be awarded in two categories.
- The Foundation will award scholarships to worthy students choosing to pursue a graduate or undergraduate degree in marketing.
- Given the particular interest in supporting the education of U.S. Veterans, the Foundation seeks to award scholarships to U.S. Veterans and especially seeks students holding a Combat Infantry Badge, suffered a serious injury due to combat action (such as a missing limb), received a Purple Heart, served or continue to serve with honor and distinction, or were honorably discharged from military service. Candidates pursuing scholarships on the latter basis need not be majoring in marketing or business as a condition of candidacy for a scholarship. Applications must be submitted after May 1, 2018 but before August 29, 2018.
An electronic scholarship application form can be accessed by clicking here. Please be prepared to fill out the application before proceeding through the page. You will need basic information about your major and performance, plus the name and contact information of a reference at your school. Also, you will be asked to provide a statement explaining why you believe you are a worthy candidate. Award winners are notified prior to the end of November.
2017-2018 Research Grants
The Foundation Research Grants will be awarded to Departments of Marketing in Colleges of Businesses at AACSB accredited institutions within the United States. Faculty from these departments will be able to submit proposals for competitive review by the Selection Committee. The grants are aimed at further developing scientific research and knowledge creation in business administration with an emphasis on the marketing discipline. All tenure-track or tenured faculty in departments of marketing at AACSB accredited institutions will be eligible for grants of up to $3,000. The funded research supported by the grant should reach culmination in the form of a refereed journal submission(s) within 12 months of receipt of a grant. A report to the Foundation is expected at that time. All public dissemination of the research should prominently acknowledge the support of the Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation, Inc.
To submit a grant application, fill out this form electronically. Applications are accepted from May 1, 2017 until August 12, 2018.
Harold W. Berkman Ph.D.
The Harold and Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation, Inc.® is founded by Harold W. Berkman and his wife, Muriel. Dr. Berkman previously served as Vice Dean and Professor of Management and Marketing at the University of Miami. He is the founder of the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) as well as the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS). Since the inception of AMS he has served as Executive Vice President and Director. Dr. Berkman has authored or co-authored 18 textbooks and numerous scholarly articles in the marketing research literature. Dr. Berkman is a WWII veteran and earned his combat infantry badge by seeing action from the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Campaign, the Rhineland Campaign and the Central Europe Campaign.He received multiple recognitions for his service including a recognition from the President of the Republic of France naming him a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Empire).