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Meet our Scholars

Class of 2020

Christopher Camacho
California
Santa Ana High School
Computer Engineering
Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), La Salsa Performance Team, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), STEM Ambassadors, Student-Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP), United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ)

The unique environment and cohesive engineering school were what made Tufts an attractive choice for Chris. He is passionate about computer science, as well as working with electronics. The BEST program taught Chris how to build a network of like-minded individuals that would support him in pursuing career opportunities. Additionally, BEST has given Chris the space to allow him to "grow as a student and as an individual."
Handy Dorceus
Massachusetts
Boston Latin Academy
Mechanical Engineering
BlackOut Step Team, National Society of Blank Engineers (NSBE)

Handy chose Tufts because it was located close to home, provided him with a comprehensive financial aid package, and had a rich and loving community that encourages him to excel. Handy decided to major in Mechanical Engineering because it allowed him to design elegant machines in a way that overlaps with his interest in music and design. The opportunity to "meet so many amazing people from so many different areas of the world" has been the most valuable part of the BEST program for Handy.
Zaila Foster
New York
Curtis High School
Engineering Psychology
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, La Salsa Performance Team, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar, Tufts Concert Board, Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program

One of Zaila's favorite things about Tufts has been her participation in the BEST program. BEST has aided Zaila in building her academic confidence, and she feels that the program has "opened countless doors" for her.
Jesus Garcia
Texas
IDEA Frontier College Preparatory High School
Computer Science
Athletes of Color, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Student-Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP)

Jesus was looking for a dynamic academic environment, and found that at Tufts within the School of Engineering. He appreciated the multifaceted support system that the BEST program offered, and continues to feel that "BEST will always be there for me."
Jeanelly Gonzalez
Texas
Jimmy Carter Early College High School
Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)

For Jean, the most gratifying time of her first year was finishing up the fall semester and realizing that with the support of the BEST program, she could thrive academically at Tufts. She also appreciates the community vibe of the university, and has found faculty, staff, and other students to be welcoming and approachable.
Justin Reyes
Illinois
Pritzker College Preparatory High School
Mechanical Engineering
Robotics Team, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Student-Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP)

Through BEST, Justin was able to learn about the different engineering disciplines—an experience that his high school was not able to provide. Justin is very focused on renewable energy and environmental causes, and outside of the classroom, loves to put his mechanical engineering knowledge to work fixing cars with family members.
Chanel Richardson
North Carolina
Mount Tabor High School
Computer Engineering
National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), STEM Ambassadors

Chanel was drawn to the small community feel of Tufts, and feels similarly about her experiences in the BEST program. Both inside and outside of the classroom, Chanel is interested in developing projects that meld together engineering design and studio art. The highlight of her freshman year has been making friends from all over the country through BEST.