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Seniors Should Give to the Senior Gift

As graduating seniors, we must begin to assume the responsibilities of alumni. There are many things that alums do to help MIT. Alums serve as educational counselors and interview applicants to MIT; they recruit students for summer and full-time jobs. MIT alums also are generous in making donations to the endowment. This is perhaps the most significant way alums can make a lasting contribution.

Like other prominent academic institutions, MIT will remain great only as long as it continues attracting world-class faculty and students. This takes money and lots of it. A little-known fact is that an undergraduate tuition pays only about half of an MIT education. So in a sense, all students are already receiving a $22,000 scholarship to pay for the actual cost of being here. All seniors can make their first contribution as future alums by giving to the senior gift. This year, the Senior Gift Committee is focusing on a project that will improve the quality of student life.

I would like all seniors to take time to think about how much this place already has changed our lives. Giving back is part of the MIT tradition of leaving things a little better than how we found them.

Pang Lee '97

Chairman, Senior Gift Committee