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January 27, 2020

Dear members of the Tufts community:

Since 1999, Tufts University has honored some of our most inspiring students with the Presidential Award for Civic Life. These awards recognize graduate and undergraduate students for outstanding achievement in civic leadership during their time on campus. We need your help to identify exceptional nominees from across the University.

You can be part of this tradition by nominating students for a 2020 Presidential Award. Please make your nominations online through Tisch College’s website by clicking here. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 21, 2020. Award recipients will be honored among their families, friends and nominators at a ceremony on April 22, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in the Coolidge Room of Ballou Hall.

As you consider nominees and write your nomination, please keep in mind Tufts University’s broad definition of civic leadership, noting that awards recognize the full range of service activities in which our students participate. Examples of leadership can include a combination of volunteer service in established programs, informal kinds of service, new and innovative student initiatives, and participation in community activities and governance. We recognize that many of our students are already civic leaders before they come to campus, however this award acknowledges students’ community engagement during their time at Tufts. A list of previous Presidential Award recipients is available at

Education for active citizenship is a core value of Tufts and teaching its importance to our students is a vital charge. We are proud of the local, national and international impact of our students. The Presidential Awards honor this commitment by celebrating the diverse meanings of what it means to lead a civic life that Tufts seeks to support.

Thank you for being part of this Tufts tradition.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco