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MIT retirees' scholarship fund makes first award

Laura Harris
Laura Harris

A desire on behalf of MIT retirees to stay current and connected with the Institute and its students inspired the advisory committee of the MIT Retirees Association to establish the MIT Retirees Undergraduate Scholarship Fund in 2006. The fund serves as a way for retirees to express their appreciation to MIT and the many colleagues, mentors and friends who enriched their MIT experiences, and to contribute to MIT's future excellence by providing financial assistance to an undergraduate.

The fund recently awarded its first scholarship to senior Laura Harris. Harris is the granddaughter of the late Paul J. Harris, who worked at Lincoln Lab for more than 50 years until his retirement.

"I remember that my grandfather often tried to share his passions for science with me and my sister. Maybe this award will inspire other MIT employees and retirees to share their passions with their children and grandchildren, like my grandfather did with me. I'm sure he would have been very proud that I followed in his footstep," said Harris, who majors in computer science and engineering and plans to pursue a master's degree next year.

Gifts to the scholarship fund may be made without designation or in appreciation or memory of a colleague, mentor or loved one or to celebrate a milestone or professional or personal achievement. For more information about the MIT Retirees Association or the scholarship fund, visit or contact Jane Griffin (, Bonny Kellermann ( or Traci Swartz (

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 9, 2008 (download PDF).

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