This year only 16 students from Africa were awarded the Master Card funded scholarship for EARTH University and one of these 16 was our very own Shewarega Kibru!
This is absolutely fantastic news and will change his life in ways he will not yet be able to comprehend. Today he just received his first ever passport which will be taking him to Costa Rica in August to begin his intensive Spanish courses before starting his degree in January.
Each student is offered a Master Card scholarship worth $126,730 that will fully support them through their 4.5 year course. It’s an agriculture and sustainability focused university and students leave after 4 years with a degree between a Bsc and Masters. Once graduated, students will return to their home country to do incredible things helping change the way the environment is treated while improving the lives of rural farmers around the country. The list of exciting jobs Shewarega could get after this degree is too long to list but we can’t wait to find out where he ends up.
Here is a little about this years superstar:
This scholarship could not have gone to a more hardworking, dedicated and deserving student. Shewarega put his heart and soul into his application and absolutely shone during his intensive assessment and interview day. Over the past year I have personally seen Shewarega grow in confidence while becoming an important part of the EEF hostel and he is more than ready to take on this next chapter in his life.
Things weren’t easy growing up; his mother died when he was only 8 and Shewarega took on the adult responsibility of supporting his 2 younger siblings as well as his father while also continuing with his education. Unfortunately with his poor health and low income as a gardener his father found it impossible to support all 3 children and soon had to make the heartbreaking decision to split up the family. He sent Shewarega’s brother and sister to live with different families where they still to this day work as house help.
Shewarega being the oldest stayed with his father helping him at his job after attending school each day. He would study late into the night before getting up early to start all over again. He had determination and drive and through all this he was achieving so high in class that his director nominated him for the EEF scholarship. Since he joined EEF Shewarega has been one of the more quiet students but is always friendly, hardworking and never fails to have a big smile on his face.
We all know he will absolutely shine at EARTH and we can’t wait to see the difference he makes when he returns to Ethiopia in 4.5 years time. We are so excited for him and look forward to following his story.
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