These scholarships were endowed in 1984 by Professor Kanta Marwah of the Department of Economics in honour and memory of her parents. They will be awarded annually to the most outstanding and deserving graduate students within the School of Mathematics and Statistics, preferably to one doctoral candidate in Mathematics and one in Statistics who have successfully completed all course and comprehensive requirements, are undertaking completion of a dissertation.
2017 marks the 50th year of Dr. Kanta Marwah`s dedicated service to Carleton University – a milestone that only a few achieve. Dr. Marwah is a generous philanthropist in the Ottawa community and has made Carleton University and our students a philanthropic priority. Dr. Marwah has been a loyal donor to the university since 1985 and has set up a number of scholarships and awards at the university
Dr. Kanta Marwah, a distinguished research professor and professor emeritus of economics, was born in India. After completing her earlier studies, earning B.A. and M A. degrees, First Class, from Panjab University in India, she went to the USA on a graduate scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia. There, working under Nobel Laureate Professor Lawrence R. Klein, she earned her Ph.D. degree in economics (1964), with straight A performance. As a matter of fact, she was the first female Ph.D. of Professor Lawrence R. Klein, and virtually the first female Ph.D. in economics from this Ivy League University. Her Ph.D. thesis: An Econometric Model of Price Behaviour of India was seminal, belonging to the first-generation econometric models of India. She taught at Boston College as an Assistant Professor from 1963 to 1966; and was Economist consultant at the UN in New York, in 1966-67. In the fall of 1967, she came to Ottawa, Canada, when Carleton University invited her to join its faculty in the department of economics as its first female professor. Subsequently she became the first female Full Professor in Economics. During her sabbatical from Carleton in 1973-74, she was invited back to the UN where she built: A World Model of International Trade for United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). On her retirement in 2002, she was awarded the designation of distinguished research professor and professor emeritus of economics.