Download 2013 Scholarship Application               Download 2013 Scholarship Information

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is offering a total of $5,000 in scholarships to one or two junior or senior year college students who have thoroughly integrated sustainability into their course of study.


April 1, 2013 Applications available

May 6, 2013 Applications due

May 20-24, 2013 Finalist interviews

May 27, 2013 Winners notified

The scholarship is open to students attending colleges and universities in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

Our goal is to encourage the adoption and implementation of sustainable development business practices aimed at improving corporate profitability while simultaneously enhancing the long-term health of the environment and welfare of the community.

The WMSBF recognizes the critical role that higher education plays in preparing future leaders of the sustainable business movement. We believe that long term and lasting success depends on both expanding the pool of sustainability savvy professionals and a transformation of the higher education system. We believe that it is critical that sustainability and ‘triple bottom line thinking’ be integrated into every course of study and every curriculum.

For business, sustainability is not a program, task force or department. Sustainability should permeate an organization; it is the lens through

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s purpose is to actively promote business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

Application Criteria

Applicants will submit a two part essay consisting of 1,000 to 1,500 total words:

Part A: Applicant will share their personal interest in and effectively demonstrate an understanding of sustainability and sustainable business practices. The essay should demonstrate the applicant’s knowledge of the linkages between sustainable business theory and practical application to their chosen course of study.

Part B: Applicant will provide suggestions regarding ways to enhance the integration of sustainability and tripe bottom line thinking into either the operations at their school or their community.

Selection Criteria

This scholarship is open to students in any field of study at any of the accredited four-year universities and colleges in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties. The WMSBF scholarship committee will review all applications and conduct interviews of the top candidates. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who most convincingly shows an in-depth understanding of sustainability, embodies the ideals and goals of the WMSBF, and has submitted the most plausible and implementable suggestions for enhancing integration of sustainability into the school’s operations or within their community. Note: The WMSBF reserves the option to award $2,500 awards to two equally compelling candidates or to refrain from awarding a scholarship in a given year if the submissions received are deemed not to meet the criteria.

Application Submission

The accompanying application and essay template (in Microsoft Word) should be completed by May 6, 2013 and emailed to:

Download 2013 Scholarship Application               Download 2013 Scholarship Information

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