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The Gertrude Murrell duPont Fund

In the 1950s, Gertrude Murrell duPont Howland, W’31, established the duPont Fund because she believed that attending cultural events could be a powerful complement to your studies at Richmond. Eligible students can use the fund to support attending cultural events throughout the academic year.

How do I know whether I qualify?

Eligible students receive notification (postcard, email) from the Center for Student Involvement. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact

What types of events are eligible?

Cultural events are typically classified as one of the following

  • Dance (Ballet, Modern, etc.)
  • Theatrical Performances
  • Music (Symphonic, Jazz, Opera, etc.)
  • Museum & Gallery Exhibitions

Other events may also be eligible subject to approval.

Can I get the best seats in the house?

The duPont Fund reimburses the cost of the average priced ticket up to $75 locally, and up to $125 for non local performances.

How does the fund work?

The duPont Fund is reimbursement-based. Before attending an event, check to make sure you're eligible and that the event you'd like to attend also meets eligibility for funding. From there, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out a request form on OrgSync.
  2. You will be notified within 5 days if the event is NOT approved, otherwise you may purchase your ticket.
  3. Write your name on the ticket stub.
  4. Return the ticket stub to the Center for Student Involvement.

Once your request form has been approved, you will receive an email notification that your reimbursement form is ready for pick-up at CSI. From there, take the form to the Cashier's Office (located in Sarah Brunet Hall) to receive reimbursement.

Additional questions?

Contact Vittoria Tripp, Office Operations and Budget Coordinator, at the Center for Student Involvement.

Involvement Staff Contact

Vittoria Tripp
Office Operations and Budget Coordinator