Robert S. Karam Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 to provide financial assistance to motivated UMass students from the country of Lebanon and/or alumni of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. Robert Karam, a 1967 graduate of UMass Dartmouth, is a principal of Karam Financial Group, located in his hometown of Fall River and has devoted much of his time to serving the community. Mr. Karam served as Chair of the UMass Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of Southeastern Massachusetts University, as well as on the Board of Trustees of UMass Memorial Health Care.


  • Be a rising freshman, sophomore, or junior at any University of Massachusetts campus
  • Be a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts; or be from Lebanon or be the child or grandchild of someone who is or was a citizen of Lebanon
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Demonstrate personal financial contribution toward educational costs
  • Open to all majors, though preference will be given to business and engineering majors

Application process:

fter UMass Amherst provides the UMass Foundation with a list of students eligible for the scholarship, the Foundation then invites eligible students to apply. Upon invitation, your application must include the following:

  • Completed and signed Robert S. Karam Scholarship Application Form
  • Personal Statement (which should include (1) what you think you have been your significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your academic transcripts, such as personal characteristics, leadership experience in school, work, athletics, family, volunteering, community, or obstacles you have overcome; and (2) your personal and career ambitions/goals. Statement must not exceed 500 words.)
  • Transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

Completed applications, including the Robert S. Karam Scholarship Application Form, must be submitted via email directly to the University Scholarship Committee at the UMass Foundation ( and are due on March 30. Finalists will be selected and notified in early May. If invited to apply, application materials will include a Robert S. Karam Scholarship application form, unofficial transcript, letter of recommendation, and a one-page typed essay. Essay topic to be announced.

Award Details:

he scholarship provides a need-based and merit-based award to students who are serious about their education. Back to UMass Presidential and Alumni Scholarships.