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Classmates Create Scholarship Fund to Honor Michael Slone, A89

"I've seen places and things that boggle the mind…and had quiet little experiences that I can't help but laugh and wonder about. I think my destiny is all about having unusual experiences in odd places," said Mike Slone, A89.

Slone's engaging personality, sense of humor, energetic pace, eager curiosity, and endless appetite for new cultural experiences took him around the world, and he left an inspirational and lasting impression on all who knew him. Sadly, Slone passed away on November 3, 2009, at the age of 42. He was living in Shanghai, heading the Life Sciences Marketing & Sales consulting practice for the Cambridge, Mass.-based Monitor Group.

To honor Mike's life, his spirit for adventure, and unwavering friendship, his classmates and friends wish to establish a scholarship at Tufts in his memory. The scholarship will support the participation by Tufts students at the Tufts European Center program in Talloires. This six-week program immerses students in French culture at the same time that they pursue an intensive course of study in subjects ranging from language and literature to international relations. So that this scholarship will be endowed, existing in perpetuity, the goal is to raise a minimum of $100,000 by the close of the Beyond Boundaries campaign on June 20, 2011.

At Tufts, Mike majored in international relations and economics, was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity, contributed to the Tufts Daily, and graduated with honors. He spent a summer at the Talloires program in France, an experience he reminisced upon with great fondness and that fueled his passion for overseas travel and global cultural experiences. Following Tufts, Slone earned an M.B.A. at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. During a recent three-year sabbatical, Slone journeyed to more than 100 countries, satisfying a yearning to experience our planet, its people, and its potential. He reconnected with old friends and nurtured new ones, and shared it all in a detailed blog of his experiences that included an unsettling visit to the West Bank, motorcycling through northern Vietnam, snorkeling with whale sharks in the Philippines, and ballooning over Turkey. For most, such experiences would have filled several lifetimes, but for Slone this was simply one leg of an ongoing journey.

Please make a gift this year by visiting www.tufts.edu/givenow and adding "in memory of Michael Slone" to your designation in the comments field.

For more information on giving to the Michael Slone Endowed Scholarship, please contact Elsa Gomes, development officer, School of Arts and Sciences, Tel: 617-627-4978. Email: elsa.gomes@tufts.edu.