MIT Club of Boston Scholarship Fund
The MIT Club of Boston Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 with donations from the MIT Club of Boston. These donations are made possible in part from those who join the MIT COB at Sustaining, Supporting, or Benefactor Levels. Donations are also made by the MIT COB from revenue from events held during the year, including sponsorship support for special events, like the Gala. Club members may also direct personal gifts to this fund, MIT account #3492300.
Over the years, 14 different students have received support from the MIT Club of Boston Scholarship Fund. Like all students at MIT who receive need-based scholarship support, these students would not have been able to afford to attend MIT without financial assistance. The MIT Club of Boston is proud to support these students.
Ashley Santelises '16 is the newest recipient of support from the MIT Club of Boston Scholarship Fund. Ashley is a freshman from Roslindale, MA. Like about 13% of her classmates, she is the first generation in her family to attend college. (Ed. note: MIT has recently created the First Generation Project to create a sense of community amongst those who were first in their generation to attend college. Noteworthy members of this group include President Rafael Reif, Nobel Laureates Phil Sharp and Frank Wilczek, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill, and many other esteemed members of the MIT community. Ashley is in good company!)
Ashley participated in MIT's Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program the summer before her senior year in high school. While in high school, she participated in a wide variety of sports. She was voted Captain of JV Basketball and also Varsity Cross Country (where she received the Coaches Award for improvement and for participating through her entire high school career. Ashley also enjoys other sports including curling and lacrosse.
Her high school activities also included participation in the knitting club, where hats, scarves, and mittens were made for women and children in need. They also knitted dolls for Haitian orphans after the devastating earthquake.
Ashley relishes the upbeat culture at MIT with many intelligent and innovative people who want to make a positive impact in the world.
She is considering majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences along with Biomedical Engineering. But she is still exploring her options.
Ashely is very grateful for the scholarship support that will enable her to accomplish her dreams and make positive contributions to society. The MIT Club of Boston is very proud to be providing her with that support.