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Tufts Alumni Association First Gen Scholarship

Participation Drive
270 Donors
Towards goal of 250 Donors
$18,496.00 Raised
Project has ended
Project ended on June 30, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Tufts Alumni Association First Gen Scholarship

UPDATE:  Thank you!  The first goal is met and we've unlocked a $5,000 gift from the Tufts Alumni Council. Bonus Challenge: For every additional 50 donors who make a gift in the next 24 hours, the Council will match with $1,000 , up to another $5,000!  Thank you so much for supporting this scholarship!


We need you: The Tufts University Alumni Association has an exciting opportunity to continue to make a direct impact on a student’s life. Your support will make this a success!  Last year, 229 alumni gave and we awarded a scholarship this year to Farley Flores, A18.

The goal: If 250 alumni give to this crowdfunding project by June 30, a new scholarship will be awarded next year by the Alumni Association to a first generation undergraduate student.

The why: To help a first generation college student, regardless of their financial circumstances. The Tufts Alumni First Gen Scholarship will allow a student to focus on all that Tufts has to offer, from internships to engineering, without the constraints of financial need.

Upping the Ante: The Tufts Alumni Council, which is the governing body of the Alumni Association, will donate an additional $5,000 to the scholarship fund if we meet our goal of 250 donors by June 30. Remember, every gift is Jumbo; your participation matters! Together, we can unlock  the $5,000 challenge from the Tufts Alumni Council.

The Impact: Is palpable. In the above video, Farley Flores, A18, shares his story as last year's recipient of the TUAA First Gen Scholarship. By funding this one year scholarship again, we will deepen our impact on students like Farley. You will receive an update from the recipient of the 2018 Tufts Alumni Next Gen Scholarship to learn more about the Tufts experience you helped make possible! The scholarship is given 100% by financial need.

Why now:  This is part of our overall goal to continue to make Tufts accessible and broaden the alumni base of support.  We’re pushing to 13,500 alumni donors which will raise our undergraduate alumni participation rate to 22.5%!  Most importantly, we want to make sure the most qualified students can attend Tufts, regardless of personal finances. Tufts fiscal year ends June 30, so time is of the essence. Imagine the difference you can make in a student’s life by contributing a gift, of any amount, today.



Why a first generation college student scholarship?

Tufts is committed to meeting the full, demonstrated need of every admitted student. We also want to be sure Tufts is accessible to the brightest students from all backgrounds. 11% of the students admitted to the class of 2022 are the first generation of their families to attend college. We want to help ensure this diverse group of applicants has the financial resources necessary to attend and thrive! 

What happens if we don’t hit 250 donors?

Don’t worry, we will!  But, in case we don’t hit our goal, every dollar raised will still be put towards financial aid. Your gift will still count and help a deserving student, but we need to hit 250 for the $5,000 challenge gift.

If I already gave this year, will an additional gift to this crowdfunding project count?

Yes, it will. Our goal is to inspire alumni who have not given yet this year (July 1, 2017 – now), but all gifts made by June 30 will count. Thank you! (Can’t remember if you gave?  E-mail

What is the Tufts Alumni Association?

Founded in 1860, The Tufts University Alumni Association is one of the oldest college alumni associations in the United States and has more than 115,000 members worldwide who have helped make Tufts University a leading global institution. Our alumni are actively engaged in making a difference in their communities throughout the world. Tufts Alumni is a proud organization dedicated to building connections among alumni as well as between alumni and students. It is governed by the Tufts Alumni Council, who is teaming up in this crowdfunding effort.

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