The Association of MIT Retirees established the Undergraduate Scholarship Fund in 2006 to express our appreciation to MIT and the many colleagues, mentors and friends who enriched our experiences and deepened our connection to the Institute. While we gratefully acknowledge our history, we also wish to contribute to MIT's future excellence through this scholarship fund which will provide financial assistance to an undergraduate student's life and learning.
We hope that this fund reminds scholarship recipients that financial aid at MIT relies upon many generous donors who give out of their affection for MIT and who care deeply about students.
Donations will be used by MIT for undergraduate student financial assistance in accordance with MIT scholarship assistance policies and procedures, with preference for students who are direct descendants or family members of retired MIT employees.
All gifts of any size are appreciated. Donations may be made to commemorate or recognize a current or retired MIT colleague, mentor or friend or to celebrate a personal or professional milestone or achievement.This fund provides an opportunity for families and friends to share in the permanent expression of remembrance and appreciation. Contributions also may be made without a specific designation.
Since the fund's inception in 2006, MIT's Student Financial Services has awarded seven scholarships.
The first award was made in the spring of 2008 to Laura Harris ’08, granddaughter of retired Lincoln Laboratory employee Paul J. Harris. Laura was a Course VI (Computer Science) major from Clifton Park, NY, who worked on a UROP developing vision capabilities for a robotic arm.
A second scholarship was awarded in the winter of 2008 to Mary A. Hatch ’09, from McMurray, PA. After finishing her undergraduate education, she planned to enroll in medical school and specialize in both psychology and linguistics. Mary’s grandfather, Charles E. Muehe, Jr. ’52, was an employee at Lincoln Lab for 34 years.
Elizabeth H. Bellocchio ’10 from Haverhill, MA was named the 2009 MIT Retirees recipient. Elizabeth is the great-granddaughter of Karl Taylor Compton, MIT president 1930-49. Elizabeth studied abroad in the spring of ’09 through the International Honors Program, which took her to Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam to study city growth and urban issues. She worked on a UROP for Professor Annette Kim which entailed traveling to Vietnam to study street life and sidewalk use in Ho Chi Minh City. She plans to pursue a career in urban planning.
Charlotte A. Clark ’14 a senior from Pittsburgh, PA was named the 2010 and 2011 scholarship recipient. Charlotte is the granddaughter of William H. Ramsey ’51 (Course 6, Electrical Engineering) who was the director of special engineering programs including Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) and the Engineering Internship Program. Charlotte is interested in becoming a robotics engineer, specifically with programming and software. Describing why she selected MIT, Charlotte said, "I wanted to challenge myself further by going to a school that is known for being extremely hard in its course load. I am pretty sure that I want to major in electrical engineering and computer science. I would also like to study French and Spanish, and also learn Japanese." To maximize her MIT experience, Charlotte plans to join the crew team and participate in community service projects.
Benjamin T. Collins ’16 a sophomore from Natick, MA was named the 2012 and 2013 scholarship recipient. Ben is the son of Timothy Collins ’89 and grandson of Joe Collins. Joe retired from the MIT Alumni Association in 2005 and serves as co-chair of the Association of MIT Retirees. Ben loves sports and the outdoors. He was a four-sport athlete in high school and last summer he hiked 460 miles on the Appalachian Trail with two close friends. Ben shared his enthusiasm for sports and teamwork by coaching Little League and youth football. Of his coaching experience, Ben described the kids as "...just amazing. I left every game or practice a happier and better person because of the kids." In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Ben was class president and served on several student government councils. In making his decision to attend MIT, Ben reflected on the limitless possibilities that MIT offers. "I chose to come to MIT because it is simply the best. When I walk on to the MIT campus, I am immediately overwhelmed with a feeling that anything can be accomplished. I know that by choosing MIT, I will witness greatness and be a part of a group of people that go on to change the world. In this regard no other school can compare to MIT." Ben plans to study management, political science, and economics.
The scholarship recipient will be notified that a portion of his/her financial aid package derives from the MIT Retirees Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The recipient will also be encouraged to visit this site to learn about those honored.