Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Theresa McDermott Carzo Award,
|The Theresa McDermott Carzo Award in honor of Theresa McDermott Carzo, a 1984 graduate of Tufts through the Resumed Education for Adult Learners (REAL) Program, is given to a student in the REAL Program who demonstrates a love of learning and the determination necessary to return to college to complete a degree despite obstacles.|
Theresa McDermott Carzo has been a lifelong supporter of learning and the arts. The youngest of four children, she grew up outside Philadelphia with her Scottish-born parents. When she was six, her father died and her mother worked to support the family. Theresa spent many hours after school in the local library and art museum, developing a love for the arts as she passed the time each day until her mother returned home from work.
In 1950, she graduated from Notre Dame High School in Moylan, Pennsylvania, soon married (Rocco Carzo, the famed Tufts athletic director), and worked as a secretary, teacher, and volunteer. She raised four sons and one daughter while moving around the country to Delaware, California, and Massachusetts.
In 1984, she received a B.A. in art history from Tufts. The Theresa McDermott Carzo Award was established in her name by her husband and children, who were inspired by her determination and persistence in earning a degree, and to recognize others who have done the same.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Enginering]; 100H