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Student Profiles

Jordyn Wolfand E11, received a $3,500 stipend as part of the Summer Scholars Program, a university-wide initiative that offers research apprenticeships with faculty and clinical mentors to motivated undergraduates. Her senior thesis focused on the way nanoparticles of a carbon configuration called C-60, increasingly used in industry, move through soil.

Nicole Cherng graduated in 2010 and is now a medical student. The aspiring doctor from Westford, Massachusetts is an example of the ripple effect of philanthropy: her scholarship awards enabled her to work three years for Professor Sergei Mirkin, whose teaching and research have been supported by the endowed professorship he holds, the White Family Chair in Biology. This professorship, funded through the generosity of Tufts parents John and Penny White (J97P, A03P, A05P), benefited the Tufts researcher whose student now paves her own path in science.


Tomas Manghi, A13 , moved with his family to Chicago from Buenos Aires when he was nine. Attending an inner city school that he say was "run down," he was nevertheless inspired by his devoted teachers who instilled in him a love for history, biology, and chemistry. An aspiring doctor, Manghi is a recipient of a scholarship from the Gerald R. Gill Scholarship Fund.

Parent donor Profiles

Frank and Virginia Siegel, A15P , wanted to help deserving Jumbos feel at home.

David and Marilyn O'Toole, A12P, wanted to make a gift toward health and fitness.

Charles “Sherm” Gleason, M45, A78P, M78P, J80P, M85P and Elizabeth “Betty” Gleason, J43, M46, A78P, M78P, J80P, M85P, wanted to ease the burden of medical school tuition.

Courtney Wang, A78, A15P, wants to support future generations of Jumbos.

Joe Findaro, A78, A12P, sees his connection to Tufts as a lifelong experience.

Mara Sherwood-Katz, A14P, and Elias Katz,E76, A14P

Mara Sherwood-Katz, A14P, and Elias Katz,E76, A14P

Elias and his wife Mara Sherwood-Katz, A14P, generously contribute to the Parents Fund because they believe in the kind of ethos Tufts cultivates, Mara says.  “There are direct, palpable results.  You can see that what you give actually makes a difference.”

Peter H. Kamin, A84, A16P, wants to attract promising engineers to Tufts.

Vincent Vitiello, E86, A10P, E13P and Cecilia Tsao, J87, M91, A10P, A13P, want others to share their strong feelings for Tufts.

Parents are encouraged to support the university at all levels of giving. Leadership gifts qualify parents for membership in special donor recognition societies.

Please review the methods and ways to give or call the Parents Giving Program at 617-627-3798 for more information.

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