Samerawit Dereje Named 2020 Winner of CSCS’s Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship Award

by | Nov 10, 2020

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce Samerawit Dereje as the winner of our 2020 Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship Award. The scholarship will aid her in her studies at George Mason University this fall.

Samerawit, who recently graduated from Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va., wrote of her inspiration to pursue humanitarian aid efforts in response to a simple act of giving. In her winning essay, Samerawit recounts how a young boy’s request for basic supplies in an Ethiopian market, and her mother’s instinctual generosity in return, profoundly shifted her system of values and cultural norms.

Inspired to make a difference

Samerawit has worked to bridge economic gaps and inequities in underprivileged Ethiopian communities. She has donated over 200 boxes filled with books, school resources, clothes, hygiene necessities, and medical supplies through her role as Miss Ethiopia USA 2018-19 and as a founding member of the Hayfield Ethiopian-Eritrean Society. 

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is proud to support Samerawit as she pursues her higher education and continues her mission to make a difference for others.

Find out more about the EHCS award and read Samerawit’s essay here.

About the Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship

Created by the firm in 2008, the Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship Fund supports college-bound high school seniors in the DC Metro area. In addition to applications, students must also write and submit an essay judged by a panel of CSCS representatives and selected by firm Partners.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is a Washington-DC based personal injury law firm with a national reputation for securing the justice and compensation victims deserve following injuries and losses resulting from negligence. For more than 45 years, the firm’s caring, compassionate, and highly experienced lawyers have recovered over $250 million for clients. Learn more about our firm here.

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