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The Friedman School Class of 2009

About them

Inspired by traditions at many undergraduate institutions and across Tufts, the Friedman School Class of 2009 organized its first Graduating Class Gift this past spring.

Class Gift Chairs Marion Min, Stephanie Linakis, Caitlin Westfall, and Allie Quady hoped to motivate their classmates to give back to the school in support of student financial aid. More than 90 percent of Friedman student receive some type of financial aid and it remains the school's greatest need in yearly funding.

About the challenge

To encourage the Class of 2009 to participate, Dean Eileen Kennedy issued a challenge. She agreed to match the Graduating Class Gift, based purely on participation. The Class of 2009 responded with 74 percent participation, drawing a $1,500 match from the dean. Thus more than $2,500 was raised for a deserving student in the entering class.

"Classroom discussions, lectures, and even lunch breaks in the Jaharis Cafe are dynamic and engaging due to true passion and a diverse student body," Marion Min says. "Responding to the dean's challenge and contributing to the Class Gift were ways for the graduating class to support this diversity and enable future students to have the same inspirational education.

Why give back?

Caitlin Westfall says, "The participation rate for the Class Gift reflects the supportive environment of the Friedman student community. Funds raised for the Class Gift went to student scholarships, a great incentive for a generous student body committed to helping fellow classmates."

Min says it didn't take much to get her classmates to donate. "Graduating Friedman students understand the importance of compassion and giving back.

"As ambassadors of nutrition, we all come in and walk away from Friedman with a spirit of giving: everyone here wants to find some way to contribute to the greater world around us."