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Meet our Scholars

Class of 2023

Najib Daoud Najib Daoud
New York
William Nottingham High School
Computer Science
BlackOut Step Team, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Tufts Robotics Club

From the moment Najib first stepped foot on campus, he was captivated by Tufts' welcoming and caring community. He appreciates the "dynamic educational opportunities I have available to me, in tandem with the countless offerings for clubs and extracurricular activities." During his time at Tufts so far, BEST has been "instrumental in my transition to college, as it has tremendously supported me academically and personally."
Madeline Fabela  Madeline Fabela
Harmony School of Innovation
Mechanical Engineering
Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Student-Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP)

Madeline feels strongly that Tufts is a place that "provides students with excellent academic opportunities and astonishing support for those of us who come from underrepresented backgrounds." On campus, Madeline is involved in combating mental health stigma within the greater Latinx student body. Having the support of the BEST community was extremely helpful for Madeline's first year at Tufts, and through BEST, she received "encouragement, guidance, friendship, and a safe space for me to grow."
Vanesa Gonzalez Torres  Vanesa Gonzalez Torres
Eastwood Academy High School
Human Factors Engineering
Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Tufts Encendido

Vanesa chose Tufts because she knew that the institution would "give me the support I needed as a Latinx, first-generation college student." As a scholar who is very passionate about breaking down barriers for women of color in STEM fields, Vanesa knows that by becoming an engineer, she can "give back to my community and inspire young girls to pursue STEM degrees."
Dhalia Hermosillo  Dhalia Hermosillo
Mountain View High School
Human Factors Engineering
Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Tufts Mountain Club

The BEST program has provided Dhalia with a "plethora of resources that have been essential to my transition at Tufts." The opportunity to take classes over the summer and live on campus before everyone else is a chance that Dhalia feels has put her ahead in her academic career. When fall semester started, Dhalia "already had a community and people I could lean on from the get-go," which she is very thankful for.
Christine Kelly  Christine Kelly
Daniel Boone Area High School
Environmental Health
Animal Aid, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), GlobeMed, Tufts Mountain Club

As a first-generation college student from a small town in Pennsylvania, Christine was overwhelmed at the thought of attending a school as rigorous as Tufts. The BEST program helped ease her transition into the university by giving her a strong system of support, preparation for the rigorous academic coursework, and countless other resources to help her succeed. At Tufts, Christine hopes to further explore "my passions for public health, environmental conservation, and community service."
Hannah Norton  Hannah Norton
New York
Charles W. Baker High School
Human Factors Engineering
Indigenous Students' Organization at Tufts (ISOT), Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Varsity Rowing

During the BEST summer program, Hannah felt that "we created a community within our cohort," and that her friends became "people I know that I can always turn to and who will support me unconditionally." For Hannah, she "would not trade anything in the world for the relationships that I have made in BEST or the guidance that the program has provided me."
Josian Quianes-Rivera  Josian Quianes-Rivera
Rhode Island
Blackstone Valley Prep High School
Enrique Rodriguez  Enrique Rodriguez
Atlantic Community High School
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP), Minority Association for Pre- Health Students (MAPS), Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)

While at Tufts, Enrique realized that he is "passionate about inclusion within science and engineering fields," and his STEM curriculum has "deepened my appreciation for engineering as a professional lifestyle." The highlight of Enrique's first year was learning how to become independent and advocate for himself as an important contributor to the university.
Freidlay Steve  Freidlay Steve
Boston Community Leadership Academy
Mechanical Engineering
BlackOut Step Team, Black Student Union (BSU)

Through BEST, Freidlay is provided with a "close-knit community that embraces me as an individual every step of the way." While Freidlay knew that his time at Tufts would open doors, he did not expect to find an environment where he would also be financially supported and surrounded by the companionship of "smart and amazing people." He hopes to continue to "develop my character as a powerful leader in society, while maintaining my down-to-earth personality."
Dillan Tran  Dillan Tran
Boy's Latin Philadelphia Charter School
Mechanical Engineering
Vietnamese Students Club (VSC)

Dillan chose Tufts because of the emphasis on community and scholarship. In terms of academics, Dillan is focused on learning everything he can about mechanical engineering and physics. Outside of the classroom, he hopes to aid in "building a community for others" so that Tufts can become a home-away-from-home, like it has for him.