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Bentley-Specific Scholarships

Briggs Scholarship Fund l Skaletsky Family Scholarship Fund l Bentley Leon Sullivan Scholarships l Hoffman Scholarships

Paul W. and Beatrice S. Briggs Scholarship Fund

Paul W. and Beatrice S. Briggs established an endowed scholarship at Bentley University. A member of the Class of 1942, Mr. Briggs was Chairman and CEO of Rochester Gas and Electric. In 1992, Mr. Briggs received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University. Both Mr. and Mrs. Briggs are active in their community.

This scholarship is awarded annually to assist one Bentley junior or senior with financial need who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline with an additional special interest in business ethics.

This scholarship will be administered by Bentley’s Office of Financial Assistance in conjunction with the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The student must be a Bentley junior or senior with financial need.
  • The student must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline with an additional special interest in business ethics.
  • The student must have an overall 3.0 GPA to be awarded the scholarship and maintain that overall GPA for the duration of the scholarship.
  • The student must be enrolled full time in order to receive this award.
  • The student must report to the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics each semester and demonstrate that he or she is still interested in business ethics.

This scholarship is renewable in the succeeding year.

Mark Skaletsky Family Scholarship Fund

Mark Skaletsky, a member of the Class of 1970, established an endowed scholarship at Bentley. Mr. Skaletsky is former president and CEO of Fenway Pharmaceuticals. He serves in numerous volunteer positions at Bentley, including the President’s Advisory Council.

This scholarship is awarded annually to assist one Bentley junior or senior with financial need who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline with an additional special concentration in business ethics.

This scholarship will be administered by Bentley’s Office of Financial Assistance in conjunction with the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must satisfy the following criteria:
  • The student must be a Bentley junior or senior with financial need.
  • The student must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline with an additional special concentration in business ethics.
  • The student must have an overall 3.0 GPA to be awarded the scholarship and maintain that overall GPA for the duration of the scholarship.
  • The student must be enrolled full time in order to receive this award.
  • The student must report to the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics each semester and demonstrate that they are maintaining a concentration in business ethics.

This scholarship is renewable in the succeeding year.

Bentley Leon Sullivan Scholarships

The Bentley Leon Sullivan Scholarship Award is more than just a scholarship, it is an opportunity for young and inspired incoming ALANA students with financial need to experience the true meaning of “business ethics.” Students will work as interns at the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics during their undergraduate years.

The Hoffman Center for Business Ethics annually offers two $6,000 scholarships to entering, need based, first-year ALANA students. This scholarship was funded by American Express in 1989 in honor of Rev. Leon H. Sullivan. Reverend Sullivan (who passed away on April 24, 2001) was a Baptist minister, a civil rights leader and social activist focusing on the creation of job training opportunities for African-Americans, a longtime General Motors Board member, and an anti-Apartheid activist.

Recipients must meet the following terms in order to maintain eligibility:

  • Register full-time each term and maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete PH130 Business Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility, plus one other business ethics focused course
  • Assist in the general operations of the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, which involves a seven-hour work commitment per week
  • Submit to the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics Executive Director a short (one-to two-page) finale report describing your HCBE involvement at the close of each fiscal year
  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the Leon Sullivan Family (Financial Assistance will notify you of details regarding this requirement)

Recipients maintaining eligibility will receive a minimum $24,000 during their four years as an undergraduate at Bentley University.

View the list of recipients.

W. Michael Hoffman $1,000 Scholarships in Business Ethics

Established in honor of the Hoffman Center’s founder and executive director, W. Michael Hoffman, two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to a Bentley undergraduate student and a Bentley graduate student who are judged to have written the best paper on business ethics.

Papers submitted for the Hoffman Prizes must demonstrate academic strength and must include a business ethics component. The prize committee takes a wide view of what counts as business ethics. A winning paper could address corporate social responsibility, corporate political activity, sustainability, organizational diversity and inclusion, conflicts of interest, ESG investing, social entrepreneurship, and much more. If you are wondering if your paper might qualify for the prize, ask us!

Submissions for the prize are judged according to the following four criteria:

  • Significant Ethical Content: The paper demonstrates the writer's understanding of and ability to apply relevant ethical frameworks in the analysis. Paper explores important ethical questions that occur in or have an impact on complex organizational settings.
  • Depth of Analysis: The paper analyzes ethical issues, should be considerable in depth, and should not settle for only a broad overview.
  • Originality/Creativity of Analysis: The paper addresses the subject in a way that reflects some original thinking. It goes beyond the mere application of existing theories, or it uses these theories in a creative way (i.e. it isn't just long quotes from someone else's work tied together with transitional sentences by the author). It shows the ability to apply the frameworks in an original way.
  • Writing and Organization: The paper is well written and well-organized. The arguments are presented clearly and in a logical order. Where appropriate, references are used and cited.

Papers can be in the form of an essay, short story, case analysis, research paper, or any other type of written assignment. There is no minimum or maximum page limit. A student may submit more than one paper, and any paper written during the student’s Bentley undergraduate or graduate years can be submitted.

To be eligible for the prize, the applicants must be graduating in May 2021 (or walking, with no more than two classes to finish). If a paper is co-authored, at least one of the co-authors must be graduating (or walking) in May 2021.

Submissions for the prize should be prepared for blind review. You should remove your own name, your professor’s name, and any other identifying information from the paper. Along with your paper, please submit the permission form found below to Gail Sands (gsands@bentley.edu) by Thursday, March 25th, 2021.

Student Permission form

List of undergraduate recipients

List of graduate recipients