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Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize,
The Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize is an academic scholarship award open to undergraduates in Arts and Sciences and Engineering. It is an annual incentive award that will enable the recipient(s) to undertake a project, activity, or plan of study in any field involving international issues. The prize is designed to encourage personal growth and independence, while increasing one's understanding of all peoples and encouraging a commitment to the world community. The prize is administered by the Program in International Relations.
The award honors the memory of Anne E. Borghesani, J1989, an international relations major. She came to Tufts from a Lexington, Massachusetts, family with a strong Tufts tradition. She had been an active volunteer at Lexington High School and in the community. She also was a family person, an upholder of tradition, close to her parents, grandparents, and brothers. As a loyal friend and great communicator, she brought others together from different religions and cultures. Anne's years at Tufts were a time of intellectual and personal challenge, adventure, and increasing commitment to her friends, the Tufts community, and the global community. She participated in class council and dormitory government, was a resident assistant, co-led an Explorations Class on Differences in America, and interned at the Attorney General's office. Since she was interested in other cultures and travel, she majored in International Relations, traveled to Russia in 1987 with a student group, and lived with a French family when she studied in Grenoble for a semester.
Throughout her short life, Anne's interactions with others consistently exhibited love, warmth, compassion, honesty, and loyalty, and emphasized the importance of personal dignity and freedom of choice. Her travels and studies increased her appreciation of her country and dedication to equal opportunity and justice. She moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation and worked as a legal assistant. At the time of her murder in March 1990, she planned to attend law school and talked of being a public defender.
The Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize is a tribute to Anne, whose life was so senselessly and violently cut short. It is designed to encourage personal and intellectual growth in Tufts students, reminiscent of that so evident in Anne.
Source: BTU [Arts and Sciences/Engineering]