Supported by Tufts alumnus Kambiz Shahbazi, the Shahbazi Public Service Fund at Tisch College and the School of Engineering supports high quality civic engagement and public service opportunities for Tufts engineering students.
The fund is open to School of Engineering undergraduates and graduate students seeking support for local, community-based projects. The fund will award a maximum of $2,000 for an individual and $5,000 for a group (3+ students) to cover expenses such as materials, supplies, and transportation. Applications should be completed online and are due Wednesday, March 13 at noon.
To be eligible for selection, your project must:
Applications should be completed online and are due Wednesday, March 13 at noon. Please be prepared to submit the following as part of your application:
Name, year and contact information for yourself and every member of your group. Groups may be official or unofficial, but must include at least three student leaders.
The amount of funding you are requesting and a budget for the whole project. Individuals may apply for up to $2,000 and groups may apply for up to $5,000.
You must upload a budget as part of your application. You may download our Excel template or use your own budget format. Your budget should cover the expenses for your entire project. If your project budget is more than you are requesting funding for, please explain where additional funding will be obtained.
Name of project and a brief description (75-150 words). You will also be asked to share approximate start and end dates, number of hours spent per week, number of Tufts student participants, and number of community members served.
All applications must include the name of an Engineering faculty member who has approved of your project.
A letter of support from your community partner must be submitted by the application deadline. You may either upload a pdf letter as part of your application or have the letter emailed to TischCollegeSubmissions@tufts.edu. Applications without letters of support will not be considered. The letter must include:
Short answer questions
Respond to the following in 50-100 words per answer. Groups submit one set of answers.
Mr. Shahbazi received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He began his real estate career in 1985 with New York City-based North American Development, Inc. In 1987, he formed KS Land Company, Inc., a company primarily involved with land development and shopping center acquisitions. KS Partners, LLC currently owns and manages almost five million square feet of office, flex, R&D and retail space in and around Greater Boston.
Mr. Shahbazi is a member of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties), REFA (Real Estate Finance Association), ULI (Urban Land Institute), ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) and a member of the Advisory Board for The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Mr. Shahbazi is married to Tufts alumna Nazgol Shahbazi J83.
Mindy Nierenberg, senior program manager, Tisch College
Chris Swan, associate professor, School of Engineering