Skip to Main Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Footer Navigation
Give Now

Profiles in Giving

The Full Ride

For Ankur Sahu, E91, a missed deadline was the start of something great. Sahu began his college career in his native India, but wanted to finish it in Boston. He applied to his top-choice universities, including Tufts and MIT, but missed MIT’s deadline.

Sahu came to the Hill determined to transfer to MIT the following year. But he fell in love. “At International Orientation, right at the beginning, I met the people who are still my closest friends,” he says.

When the time came to move, Sahu decided to stay. “I had such a positive experience my freshman year, where I was studying world-class engineering in a very international and liberal arts environment,” he says, “so I decided to stay in Medford.” He became an RA in Carmichael, “went to a lot of parties at the I-House,” he adds with a laugh, and majored in electrical engineering, with a focus on semiconductors, materials that are the core components of all electronics products. He also took Japanese as an elective, a lucky choice of language that would serve him well.

After graduating summa cum laude, Sahu joined a prestigious management training program at Panasonic in Japan, where he met his wife, Mari. A few years later the couple returned to the U.S. Sahu attended Harvard Business School and was recruited by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs to work in the San Francisco office investing in and advising emerging high-technology companies. They then moved to Tokyo, where Sahu started the private equity investment business for Goldman. He is now the co-head of private equity in the Asia-Pacific region for the firm and is based in Mumbai, India.

Tufts was the start.

“Tufts has had such a strong impact on my life, more so than I ever realized while I was an undergrad,” he says. That’s why Sahu dedicates himself to helping talented young students get ahead. In partnership with a former Goldman Sachs colleague, he is currently involved with a project that aims to provide excellent high school educations for gifted girls in India, with the goal of helping them gain acceptance to the world’s top universities. But he knows firsthand that admission into such a university is only half the battle.

“When I think of my daughter, Emma, I think of her potential and the potential of all of the other young girls out there who don’t have the opportunities she has, or I had,” he says. “I wouldn’t have been able to go to Tufts without help.”

The financial aid package Sahu received from Tufts allowed him to put most of his time toward bettering his education; he hopes his gift will help tomorrow’s promising students succeed. With his latest donation of $375,000, matched dollar for dollar by the new Financial Aid Initiative, the Ankur and Mari Sahu Endowed Scholarship Fund has reached $1.2 million.

The scholarship will fund the entire Tufts experience, from tuition to room and board for one lucky student every year. Simply put, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime. Says Sahu, “Mari and I are so happy to make this gift to deserving students.”