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Ethiopian Heritage
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 college degree.

Our firm is pleased to announce this year's 2018-2019 Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship. Applications are currently being accepted; the deadline for all applications is June 29, 2018.

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 here.


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.

2015 Winner

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.

2014 Winner

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.

2013 Winner

Makeda Yohannes 2013 EHCSF Winner

Makeda Yohannes currently attends Columbia University, in New York City.

2012 Winner

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.

2010 Winner

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 Winners below:

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