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The Nash Family

About them

The couple, who live in the San Francisco area, began thinking about how they could help, especially in the light of one of their own recent experiences. Lisa Nash, A11P, had been in a serious accident and says it was a life-changing event for her and her family. Following her recovery, Lisa decided to find a way to make a positive difference in the world. She had been the chief marketing officer of a start-up company and is now CEO at Blue Planet Run Foundation, a nonprofit whose goal is to help provide safe drinking water to people around the world.

About their gift:

When Lisa and Michael Nash visited their daughter at Tufts last year, they took her out for a birthday dinner with her friends and learned many of them were receiving financial aid. "It hit me that all these wonderful kids wouldn't be there if there wasn't scholarship money," says Michael, A73, A11P. The couple decided they'd also like to put their energies into something that would help young people reach their potential. "What better way to do it," says Lisa, "than by giving a world-class college education?"

The Nash family has donated a $500,000 scholarship that will help offset the expenses of a worthy student who would not otherwise have the means to pay for an education. The gift will be matched by the Pritzker Foundation.

Why they give to Tufts

"We knew Tufts would be an outstanding institution because our family has generations of experience with it," says Michael. Michael's father, Michael Sr., earned an undergraduate degree and a medical school degree from Tufts in 1936 in a combined program and practiced medicine in Medford. Now Sarah Nash, A11, is the third generation to be attending Tufts. A second daughter, Mary, is in high school.

For Michael, having a daughter go to Tufts paved the way for a happy return to his alma mater. An avid runner, he signed on to the Tufts Marathon Challenge where he got to know President Lawrence Bacow. "I'm very impressed with what Larry has done," he says, and is pleased he and his family can help further those accomplishments.

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