Dr. Kalpana Chawla
Dr. Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the craft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Several streets, universities, and institutions have been named in her honor
"I first met KC when I was selected to be an astronaut. She welcomed me and my classmates into the office with her warm and friendly smile and her willingness to share her wonderful experience with all of us. She was and is an inspiration, she reached for the stars, and I know she would be so happy to know that the KC Scholarship Project is helping make the dreams of other young women a reality."
KC scholarship is an initiative which symbolizes the capacity to promote the vision for excellence by providing the scholarship to the young female aspirants from India to pursue their higher studies at the International Space University. Indeed, it is an incredible opportunity to guide the young and enthusiastic minds to motivate them pursuing for excellence. After mentoring two successful scholars (Sonal & Anisha), I am privileged to continue guiding students from India, which also gives me an intellectual satisfaction through a meaningful contribution for this prestigious foundation."
"The International Space University is where I got my start in the space sector; attending ISU opened up a whole new world and host of opportunities to me. It is my hope that with the Dr. KC Chawla Scholarship, many more will have this same opportunity for generations to come."
"Kalpana would be honored to be associated with this programme and having her name associated with the outstanding opportunities provided to these young ladies."
- Jean-Pierre Harrison