The Delongchamp Family Endowed Fund (the “fund”), was established in 2015 to support undergraduate professional and co-curricular activities associated with studying sustainability and the triple-bottom line: people, planet, and profit.
The fund was designed to allow students to explore opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach due to funding issues. These include:
- Attending a conference,
- Going to a networking event,
- Taking an unpaid or a limited paid internship,
- Pursuing a research project, or
- Creating a public awareness campaign around sustainability.
To be considered the student must demonstrate how their project, internship or conference attendance will impact both their scholarship at Bentley and the greater Bentley community.
Examples of deliverables include:
- An essay about the experience submitted to the fund committee after project completion for publication on the Office of Sustainability website or in the Vanguard
- A presentation to the Bentley community
- An educational art installation on campus.
Applications are considered by the fund committee which meets three times annually. The committee consists of 5-7 Bentley faculty and staff members who are appointed the Office of Sustainability. Applications for funding are due to the fund committee by midnight on deadline date. Applications should be sent to GA_DelongchampFund@bentley.edu
The upcoming FY2018 deadline dates are:
- Sunday, July 1st, 2018
- Sunday, September 9th, 2018
- Sunday, February 10th, 2019
In order to be considered, you can fill out either a digital or paper application.
The paper application includes both:
- A completed grant application
- A completed funding request form*
To apply for a grant of $100 or less please fill out this short form.
* The committee understands that the budget is an estimate. You are required to submit receipts for all funds distributed through the fund to avoid paying taxes on the grant. If you have more than $25 leftover we ask that you return the funds for other grantees.
- I was able to attend the Clean Energy Symposium at WPI back in late September. At this conference, I was able to choose to attend two panel discussion out of three. My options were between Solar Photovoltaic, Water Innovation, and Energy Storage. At Solar Photovoltaic, they discussed the ever-expanding use of solar power and how it is becoming a more integrated and accepted use. At Water Innovation, they discussed the processes between converting wastewater back into clean and usable water. Each panel discussion went into depth about the processes of accomplishing these sustainable technologies. Being a student with an LSM in Earth, Environment, and Sustainable Business, this helped me appreciate and understand the processes behind sustainable initiatives. -Kristina Nielsen, Fall 2017
- My experience at the 28th SRI Conference at San Diego, California
SRI Investing Conference has been an incredible experience for me. I had the chance to listen, meet and share ideas with more than 800 experts in the ESG Investing field. I understood how every single dollar invested in the right way could have a positive impact on the environment or on the community. Attending this event made me aware of the power of money. Investors are fighting problems such as climate change or deforestation by financing the right and ethical companies, without giving up on profits. Overall, attending this event encouraged me even more to work in a field, where I can make a difference for the future of the society and of the planet. - Maria Sole Cappellini, Fall 2017
- My experience as a Net Impact Conference attendee was truly positive and impactful. I had the opportunity to listen to the stories and advice of highly successful executives who are models for purpose in action. I attended sessions on a variety of important subjects such as food waste, climate solutions, ethical fashion, as well as personal development workshops on paths to purpose, awareness, and action, and careers in nonprofits. I had the chance to connect with like-minded young professionals and students from around the country and engage in meaningful conversations with them. If I had to choose three adjectives to describe how I return from this experience, they would be inspired, hopeful, and empowered. - Dea Markovic, Fall 2017
- My time at the 2017 Menus of Change summit was incredible. I sat shoulder to shoulder with some of the brightest minds in the culinary world who, together, are tackling food issues like sustainability, consumer health, and climate challenges around growing food. I have never been so engaged in content that was both fulfilling and empowering. One of my favorite memories was talking with Kimbal Musk (brother of Elon Musk). Kimbal is on a mission to build restaurant brands that support local and real food efforts at scale in America’s heartland. He’s also known for his talk on why “Food is the New Internet”. Kimbal sits on two of his brother’s boards, Tesla and SpaceX, as well as the board of Chipotle. - Erika Rouleau, Spring 2017
Here at Kalu Yala, each and every intern is pushed to reach their creative limit. Better yet, they are pushed to realize that there is no limit to creativity- there are only opportunities to expand on one’s skills and ideas. As someone who often struggles to unlock their creative side, it is a massive comfort to have the support of the directors and other interns at Kalu Yala to experiment in other areas of academia that I would not have had the confidence to dive into otherwise. Aside from the immense amount of knowledge about sustainable agriculture, and sustainable business in general, that I have already gained, I have been pushed to explore my artistic self every day. - Anna Vellante, Spring 2017
My time today at the 16th Annual Wall Street Green Summit gave me an exceptional opportunity to gain insight on my undergraduate research and network with leading professionals in the field of Sustainable Investing. With a number of keynote presenters on the agenda from different business backgrounds, the coverage of stakeholder issues at this conference was extremely informative. From investment bank activity in renewable energy projects to international environmental regulation, I was able to see firsthand the different pathways for future research and career endeavors. I cannot thank the Delongchamp Fund enough, this experience has been a key highlight of my academic career as I culminate my undergraduate studies. - Cyrus Woodman, Spring 2017
Through my experience at BSAS 4th Annual Sustainable Investing Seminar I was able to gain perspective about the importance of sustainable investing, problems our capitalist system faces today, and how making responsible business decisions could be the key to solving several of the problems that plague our global society. Not only did I listen to valuable lectures, but I also had the opportunity to network with several professionals involved in the sustainable investing world who offered tips and advice. Overall, attending this conference broadened my horizons both personally and professionally and has allowed me to think about investing with a new mindset. - Starr Coughlin, Fall 2016
Attending the BSAS 4th Annual Sustainable Investing Seminar was an incredible opportunity to understand how sustainability is being incorporated into the investment sector of business. I was lucky enough to hear many educated and experienced industry professionals explain how sustainability is being included in their practice. Investment is an incredibly broad industry, and it was amazing to be able to hear from people working in all different sectors, and hear how sustainability is incorporated differently into their work depending on what they are doing. I was also lucky to have the opportunity to speak to some professionals at the conference. As a student, I am always eager to have the opportunity to have individual conversations and gain a better understanding on what professionals do day-to-day depending on what their title is. I even met a Bentley Alumni! - Sydney MacLeod, Fall 2016
- My experience at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference in Baltimore was a positive one that I am so grateful for. Not only was it a great opportunity to network with other students, I was able to learn about similar projects at other schools. It was a great way to learn how to manage our own projects here in Bentley’s Students for Sustainable Business by connecting with other students and learning about proper project management, and better understanding how to overcome green buzzwords as just a trend to better engage the student body as a whole and therefore help to educate our peers. This made it such a successful opportunity because I am now fortunate enough to share what I have learned in order to help Bentley become even more of a sustainable campus. - Emily Jones, Spring 2016
I have never had a more impactful experience in my entire life. Prior to the conference I was unsure as to how I would incorporate sustainability into business. During the conference I sat in on numerous breakout sessions and listened to endless business professionals speaking on how their companies manage to be sustainable in a world where large strides need to be made everywhere. I listened to not only corporate companies talk about how their goal starts in the supply chain, but I also listened to investors describe the process in which they investigate companies before committing to an investment in order to make sure that the day to day operations of the company are sustainable. I was able to talk to numerous professionals in the field and recieve insight on what their day to day responsibilities are as heads of sustainability and social responsibility within their companies. I had no idea the world of sustainable business had so many opportunities and was so large until this conference, and it was a truly eye opening experience. I now know what my next step is in order to pursue a career and a future in sustainable business.- Christina Clune Persichetti, Spring 2016
As the Students for Sustainable Business VP of Environmental Programs, the opportunity for me to attend the Smart and Sustainable Campuses’ Student Summit in Baltimore was huge for my personal sustainable ambitions as well as the future of sustainability at Bentley. Thanks to the Delongchamp family grant, I was able to learn a lot about ways to make our campus more sustainable, and ways to get everybody involved in environmental sustainability by using social sustainability and creating communities on campus. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I really encourage other students at Bentley to apply for this grant. You gain so much more knowledge about sustainability by interacting with peers across the country than you ever could in a classroom.- Danny Jenzano, Spring 2016
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to travel to Seattle to attend the Net Impact 2015 Conference! As the founder of Bentley’s Net Impact chapter this semester, the conference was an incredible opportunity for me to learn more about what makes an effective chapter, the impact that other chapters are making, and many more amazing things in the world of sustainable business. -Connor Holbrook, Fall 2015
My experience at the (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) AASHE conference in Minneapolis was a very beneficial one. Being the Vice President of Environmental Programs for the Students for Sustainable Business, it’s very important for me to meet students from other universities across the country and learn from them. The biggest thing that I took away from this conference was definitely ideas on how to make Bentley a more sustainable campus. Sometimes the best ideas are ones that other people have already come up with, and this conference allowed me to hear those ideas in face to face conversations with my peers. I am very happy that I had the opportunity to go to this conference and I believe it taught me a lot about sustainability. - Danny Jenzano, Fall 2015
As Bentley’s Office of Sustainability PR and Marketing Intern, the trip to AASHE in Minneapolis was an incredible opportunity. From learning about creating an influential and powerful social media campaign, to understanding more of Fair Trade, AASHE was a total success. One of the most important things I did when I was there was connect with other people and other pages. Social Media is one of the most powerful tools of communication of this generation. There’s a lot you can learn about Social Media online or in books, but nothing can compare to interactive, personal learning experiences. I like to think the improvement in following and interactions of the Social Media pages echoes that. I cannot express how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to learn so much from this trip. - Taylor Coli, Fall 2015