College Scholarship Fund
The Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Ethiopian Heritage College
Scholarship Fund was created in 2008 to support college-bound high school
seniors in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Specifically, the scholarship
is geared toward supporting students from newly immigrated Ethiopian families.
The purpose of the fund is to find and then assist youngsters with few
financial resources in their pursuit of higher education and a much-desired
Our firm is pleased to announce this year's 2017-2018 Ethiopian Heritage
College Scholarship. We are thrilled to announce that 2017 was the 8th
year in a row that we proudly awarded this scholarship.
Applications are now closed. Please check back in April 2018 for more information the 2018-2019 scholarship
For more about the Scholarship and submission guidelines, please view the
Application and Rules.
Rackeb Mered 2017 EHCSF Winner
Rackeb was born in the U.S. and raised in Alexandria, Virginia shortly
after her parents immigrated to America from Ethiopia. Rackeb’s
winning essay was an inspirational story of how the death of a loved one
and the selflessness he exhibited during his life motivated her to give
back and support others. With the help of her family, Rackeb created a
foundation in his name to help the homeless and others in need. Rackeb
will be attending Duke University in Fall 2017.
Read Rackeb Mered's essay
Biruk Negash 2016 EHCSF Winner
Biruk was born in Ethiopia and moved to Annandale, Virginia as a young
child. Biruk is a student at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.
She hopes to make a difference in the lives of youth by pursuing a career
in law as a juvenile criminal defense attorney. In addition to helping
children obtain a second chance, she also believes it is important they
have the tools and resources needed to drive future success.
Lidya Daniel 2015 EHCSF Winner
On a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to visit her family, Lidya's life
was forever changed by the children she met in one of the city's orphanages.
Lidya was moved to volunteer at the orphanage throughout her stay, and
upon her return home she continued think of ways she could help the orphans
back in Ethiopia. Lidya started as a freshman at the University of Maryland
in the fall of 2015, and she hopes to one day to return to Ethiopia to
help the children who captured her heart.
Kifle Woldu 2014 EHCSF Winner
Kifle Woldu’s parents emigrated from Ethiopia shortly before he was
born. They worked hard to start their own business and provide a better
life for Kifle. All throughout his career as a student Kifle strived to
achieve academic success. His diligence and persistence earned him admission
to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he started in the fall
of 2014. Kifle is majoring in Computer Science and was most excited to
tackle his Multi-Variable Calculus and Chemistry classes. Kifle believes
in “maximizing every opportunity” presented to him, and he
would like to one day be the owner of his own startup company.
Makeda Yohannes 2013 EHCSF Winner
Makeda Yohannes currently attends Columbia University, in New York City.
Kalkidan Alemyehu 2012 EHCSF Winner
Kalkidan Alemayehu emigrated from Ethiopia in 2008. She currently attends
Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia. She is majoring
in accounting with a double minor in leadership studies and information
science. Kalkidan chose to study accounting because she believes that
the main language of business is math. She hopes to one day work for an
NGO or start her own non-profit organization.
So-Hyun Baik 2011 EHCSF Winner
So-Hyun Baik attended Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Yonit Addisie 2010 EHCSF Winner
Yonit Addisie attended Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey.
Yonit is currently working as a post baccalaureate intern at the National
Institutes of Health. This prestigious position will give her a great
opportunity to build experience working in the biomedical field while
still remaining close to her home and family in Maryland.
Ida Daniel 2009 EHCSF Winner
Ida Daniel attended the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland.
You can view the personal essays written by each of our prestigious EHCSF