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:

  • Take place in the greater Boston area
  • Be designed to have a positive impact on a community (or communities)
  • Address a need identified by a community organization (letter of support required)
  • Utilize the skill and knowledge of engineering
  • Take place during the Spring 2013 semester

Application overview

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:

Student information
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.

Project information
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.

Faculty/advisor support
All applications must include the name of an Engineering faculty member who has approved of your project.

Community recommendation
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 Applications without letters of support will not be considered. The letter must include:

  • Your name or the name of your group
  • The name of the community partner organization and the contact information of the individual writing the letter
  • An explanation of need being met by your project
  • A description of the expected outcomes of the project

Short answer questions
Respond to the following in 50-100 words per answer. Groups submit one set of answers.

  • Provide the name and a brief description of the organization/stakeholder with which you will work. How are you connected with this organization?
  • What community need or opportunity are you seeking to address?  How was it identified?
  • How will engineering will address this need?
  • Do you have a specific plan for inspiring or involving other Tufts students through the project?
  • What are your concrete goals and desired outcomes?
  • What are the strengths you (or your group) bring to this project?
  • What challenges have you (or your group) identified? How will you address those challenges?
  • What courses have you or members of your group taken that relate to your proposed project?
  • Is there any additional information you would like to share with the review committee?

About Kambiz Shahbazi

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.

For more information

Mindy Nierenberg, senior program manager, Tisch College
(617) 627-4159

Chris Swan, associate professor, School of Engineering
(617) 627-5257