Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship

The Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship Program supports six to eight undergraduate or graduate students each year to attend the US SIF Annual Conference. Scholars attend the entire conference, including The Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment course and Member Day activities. In addition, Scholars are each paired with a US SIF board member throughout the event to enrich their conference experience.
The main objectives of the scholarship program are to:
  • Identify and encourage students from communities under-represented in the sustainable investment field to explore careers in sustainable investment.
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of sustainable and impact investment.  
  • Provide opportunities to learn directly from sustainable investment experts and to make new professional contacts.
  • Motivate students to become practitioners upon graduation.
Scholarship recipients receive:
  • Registration for US SIF’s Annual Conference; 
  • Registration for the US SIF Foundation’s live course, the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment, to be held at the conference; and
  • Lodging (shared room) for non-local participants and eligibility for travel reimbursements.

The Peter DeSimone Conference Scholarship is for students who are:
  • Enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program (in any field) at the time of application;
  • In good academic standing; and
  • Committed to or deeply interested in a career in sustainable investment.

Applications are generally made available in March. Please email for more information about the program. 

About Peter DeSimone

The scholarship is named for Peter DeSimone, who had a 20-year career in sustainable investment. Peter was a US SIF staff member for several years, inaugurating the position of Policy Director and helping launch our first conference.

He also worked at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in the mid-1990s, initially focusing on South Africa’s post-apartheid transition, and helped found the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2), which provides impartial research to institutional investors.

Peter passed away in 2014 at the age of 43.