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Jeffrey Moslow, A86

The Inspiration

“Frieda Kress was born in New York City in 1909,” says her grandson, Jeffrey Moslow, A86. “She passed away just shy of 95 in 2004. Her husband, Sol, died when she was 55. Their relationship was truly special, and rather than remarrying, or even dating, she chose to keep the memories of her beloved Sol in her heart and soul forever. She immersed herself in her grandchildren's upbringing and was like a second mother. Her legacy is two children, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

“Frieda embodied certain admirable traits and values. While she only had a high-school education, she was highly educated in teaching others how to carry themselves. First and foremost, Frieda believed, ‘If you have nothing nice to say about someone, don't say anything.’ I can honestly say I never, ever heard her utter any negative commentary on even individuals I knew she did not care for! Her second and equally important lesson to others was, ‘Self praise is no recommendation.’ This was her version of ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ She always told me, if you have a lot to be proud of, do not brag about it; if it really is that extraordinary, others will take notice without you having to highlight it.

“Frieda carried herself with integrity, warmth and a great sense of wisdom on human nature. Everyone who ever met Frieda Kress would comment on what a truly special woman she was. I hope that the values she stood for can be recognized and passed on to future recipients of her scholarship fund.”

The Gift

To honor the memory of his grandmother, Mr. Moslow, a partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City, established the Frieda Kress Scholarship Fund in 2006 to provide need-based undergraduate scholarship support for students in the School of Arts and Sciences who are highly qualified inner-city youth or youth from other locales where the average poverty rates are high. He since has made two gifts supplementing the fund, which has grown 300 percent as a result of his generosity. Four students to date have benefited.

The Impact

“The Frieda Kress Scholarship affected my academic career—and my life—dramatically,” wrote Laura Uwakwe, A08, in 2008, shortly before receiving her degree in international relations. “As the daughter of Nigerian immigrants living in Brooklyn, N.Y., I learned from an early age that with the many odds against me, success would not come easy. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could ever afford an education from a university such as Tufts. But here I am, less than one month from graduation. Without the gift of this scholarship, I could not stand and say this. For this, I am infinitely grateful.”