We are proud to congratulate our 2017 Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship
recipient, Rackeb Mered. Rackeb celebrated this wonderful achievement
with us on August 17, 2017.
Rackeb impressed us first with her very qualified application and second
with her touching essay. Rackeb Mered was born in the United States shortly
after her parents emigrated from Ethiopia. She was raised in Alexandria,
Virginia where she most recently attended Hayfield High School. Her resume
includes multiple Advance Placement classes including, physics, Spanish,
history, and calculus. She also found time during her rigorous course
schedule to participate in several honor societies including the Spanish
Honors Society. Her favorite aspect of Hayfield was the multicultural
focus and activities that exposed her to new traditions, food, customs,
and music. With all of this on her plate, she still managed to earn nearly
straight A’s throughout her high school career.
In her essay, Rackeb discussed her passion for public service. While she
was in high school a close cousin passed away. After his death she learned
of a secret life he chose not to share with his family. He volunteered
in prisons and homeless shelters to bring companionship and hope to those
in need. He did this solely out of a need to give back and not to win
praise. Rackeb was inspired by her cousin’s selflessness and with
the help of her family she created a foundation in his honor. The foundation’s
goal is to help the homeless and others in need of basic necessities and guidance.
Rackeb is attending Duke University this fall. Her major is currently undecided.
She is interested in political science and economics, and she plans to
explore introductory classes to see what majors might eventually suit
her best. We are honored to help support Rackeb’s education through
the Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship Award, and we look forward to watching
and supporting her bright educational future!
To read Rackeb’s inspiring essay click
here, and if you know of any bright high school seniors, please send them to our
website next spring to apply for the 2018 scholarship!