First Generation Scholarship

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An Anonymous DonorTufts Alumni Council matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $2,500

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!  

The goal: If 100 alumni give to this crowdfunding project, TUAA will add an additional $10,000 to the scholarship that will be awarded next year to a first generation undergraduate student.

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

The Impact: By funding this one year scholarship again, we will deepen our impact on students and Tufts as a whole. You will receive an update on the impact of your giving 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. 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.  12% of the students admitted to the class of 2026 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 100 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 100 for the full scholarship for a first generation student.

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, 2021 – now), but all gifts made by June 30 will count. Thank you! (Can’t remember if you gave?  E-mail

How much have you raised for the TUAA First Gen Scholarship? 

Since 2017, TUAA has raised $140,000 from 1,000 donors.  Every dollar raised goes directly to a First Generation student. 

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.

Thank you! We reached 100 donors!

Thank you! We’ve officially hit our goal of 100 donors for the TUAA First Generation Scholarship. Your gift helped to secure a $10,000 match from the Tufts University Alumni Association.  Thanks to your support, we will award a scholarship of nearly $30,000 to a first generation student next year. Thank you so much for giving and being a part of this effort. 

Jennifer Covell, J86

President, Tufts University Alumni Association

P.S.  There are still 3 days left in the campaign! We are offering a bonus challenge: we will contribute an additional $100 for every donor until we reach 125 donors! That could mean an additional $2,500 in scholarship funds. Please let your friends know about this new incentive and thank you again!

658 days ago by Sean Devendorf

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