Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund applications due Oct. 20

The John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service creates possibilities for Wharton graduates to pursue purpose-driven careers  in the nonprofit and public sectors, without the heavy burden of student loan debt. Since 2005, the fund has granted nearly 80 awards totaling close to $1 million.

Applications for this year’s Loan Forgiveness Fund must be submitted by October 20, 2013. If chosen for this program, Wharton Social Impact Initiative will grant up to $20,000 per year to pay down your student loans.

Bendheim Fellows

A look at previous winners reveals a diverse network of Wharton alumni. A budget director for one of the world’s greatest museums. A financial analyst for a foundation developing sustainable food systems. Government thought-leaders in cities across America.

These Bendheim Fellows include people like Erika Ellison, WG’04, budget director for Baltimore City Public Schools and previous director of finance in a high-growth K-12 education start-up. Or recent graduate Paul Giacomini, WG’12, who leads fundraising, organizational development and systems design for LEAD Asia, a nonprofit empowering minority groups to lead their communities out of poverty while preserving unique cultural and linguistic identities.

We encourage eligible graduates to apply online today. Eligible candidates must be Wharton MBA graduates from the class of 2009 or later, currently pursuing careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.


To learn more about application requirements, read our FAQ. Visit the Projects & Partnerships section to explore the fund’s history and mission.