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PETER H. KAMIN, A84

About His Gift

When Peter H. Kamin, A84, A16P, discovered that most of the incoming freshmen accepted into the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) program were first-generation immigrants, he knew he wanted to direct his giving there.

As the owner of a private equity investment firm, 3K Limited Partnership, Kamin looks for companies who value their human capital as their most critical resource.

Likewise in BEST, Kamin has found a Tufts program that focuses targeted resources on students who have promising futures but need help to make a smooth transition from high school to college and beyond.

“I have a great deal of respect for an individual who started at the bottom but had the energy and the creativity to become a self-advocate and eventually become someone who could lead others,” Kamin says.

“But that classic immigrant success story is hard to do today because unless you have the professional credentials a good education offers, no one will take you seriously.”

His gift of $700,000 underwrites the operating expenses of the BEST program for five fiscal years.

How His Gift Helps

BEST is a summer bridge program for aspiring engineering students from diverse backgrounds who would benefit from extra academic preparation. The aim is to attract and retain members of populations underrepresented at the School of Engineering, with a focus on first-generation college-goers with high financial need.

BEST scholars spend six weeks at Tufts the summer before their first semester taking intensive writing and math classes as well as learning academic and college life survival skills. Workshops and lectures introduce them to the range of careers in engineering.

Six of the eight students in the first group of BEST Scholars made Dean’s List in their first year.

“BEST is especially attractive to me because by giving these students a small assist, you can help them gain a foothold in a profession that matches their energy and enthusiasm in just a single generation,” Kamin says.

“To have gotten as far as these students have, given their life circumstances, is commendable. My hope is that a Tufts education will help them bring their ideas, creativity and ingenuity to the largest possible group of people and we will all benefit. Their sheer enthusiasm and passion can be quite infectious.”

For more information about giving to BEST or other academic programs at the School of Engineering, please contact:

Cindy LuBien
Senior Director of Development for Engineering
cynthia.lubien@tufts.edu
617-627-4512