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Lori Winters Samuels, J81

About her

She and husband Ted are active in charitable causes in the Los Angeles area, she as a board member and chairman of the annual benefit ball at the LA Zoo, he as a board member at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. A Summer Scholars program they sponsor at Children's Hospital puts gifted inner-city teens to work in research labs.

The Samuels have tried to instill the same giving spirit in their children, Ben, 16, Bobby, 14, and Leigh, 8. On their Bar Mitzvahs, both boys asked that gifts be directed to charity, with Bobby establishing a Mitzvah Fund to support after-school programs in their hometown of Pasadena.

The Samuels have contributed generously to Tufts in response to the Pritzker Challenge, a matching-gift drive to raise financial aid dollars for students from underprivileged backgrounds.

About their gift

"What we have tried to explain to our children is that the world is not a level playing field," Lori says. "You can't fix it, but you've got to do your part, through support for such things as scholarships and after-school programs. Education is a right, not a privilege, and a right to which everyone should have access."

"The Pritzker Challenge raises scholarship money for kids who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to go to Tufts. It opens up the doors and enriches the Tufts community. Students benefit from being exposed to others who may look differently, talk differently, and even think differently."

"Giving to scholarship aid is the greatest thing you can do. You absolutely are changing a life."

Why they give to Tufts

"The university is attracting some incredibly interesting, accomplished, and diverse students. That's what makes the experience so unique. I received a world-class education at Tufts. I was inspired by its teachers and motivated by its students. I made lifelong friends, some of whom remain among my closest friends today."

You can help deserving students from all backgrounds benefit from the Tufts experience, by making a gift toward financial aid.