About the Bergh Family Fellows Program

In 2022, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. Chip Bergh ’79 H’22 and his wife, Juliet, contributed a $5.25 million gift to Lafayette to support internships, global engagement, and research experiences for 1,000 students across the next five years (200 students per year).

Every year, hundreds of students engage in numerous research, internship, and study abroad opportunities at Lafayette. However, student participation in many of these experiences can often be limited by financial resources. The Bergh Family Fellows (BFF) program addresses this critical need by providing resources in the form of $5,000 fellowships for 200 students every year to pursue those opportunities. Lafayette is currently fundraising to endow this program in perpetuity.

Eligible students who enroll in a Lafayette faculty-led winter or summer off-campus study program are automatically considered for the Bergh Family Fellows Program by the Office of Financial Aid. Students who are applying to an external winter or summer program may apply for funding consideration, provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

About Chip Bergh ’79 H’22

Bergh earned a B.A. in international affairs at Lafayette. He continues to maintain a close connection with his alma mater. In 2017, Bergh returned to the College’s campus to deliver a lecture on leadership. In 2019, he generously provided a gift that helped establish the Bradbury Dyer III ’64 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Bergh Startup Accelerator Program at the College, a 10-week program that provides students with the tools and resources they need to develop and launch their startup ventures.