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Number of Donors: 45 of 50

Funding Details

Deadline: Jun 30, 2019
Total needed: 50 donors



Home Country
: Ethiopia

Major: International Politics and Economics Minor: Global Health Activities: JV soccer, Evolution Dance Crew First-semester reflection: “Middlebury, Vermont, is a lot different from home with different weather and a different educational system, but I've been enjoying the liberal arts education and the flexibility that it has."

Join Us! Share the Middlebury Experience with Others

The members of International Leadership Committee aim to bring students from around the world to Middlebury through the MiddSTART International Scholarship. Learn more: watch this video from scholarship co-founder Humberto García-Sjögrim ’96 by clicking the link or scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Exploring a World of Possibilities

My name is Bethel Endawoke. I am a sophomore at Middlebury College and I come from Ethiopia. I am majoring in International Politics and Economics with a Global Health minor. I have different roles and activities on campus including First Year Counseling, Women’s JV soccer, and Evolution Dance Crew. Additionally, I am a public speaking coach at Oratory Now and Co-President for Umoja African Students Association.

This year, I was able to explore various classes before I declared my major. Additionally, I find myself being busy with extracurricular activities that match my interest and hobbies. I am also looking forward to attending the French summer school and going abroad in my junior year to Oxford, UK and Paris, France.

Expanding Academic Interests

Last summer, I attended MiddCORE, the College’s leadership and innovation program, in Monterey. I was able to learn about important skills such as design thinking, cold-calling, and negotiation. We also worked with mentors that came from different industries to solve problems strategically and creatively.

Over February break, I was able to participate in the Innovation Trek to San Francisco that was organized by the Center for Careers and Internships. We were able to visit companies in the Bay Area and connect with alumni who work in different companies. It was a good opportunity for me to learn about the career options available in the tech and innovation world, and on the other side of the country.

Middlebury and Beyond

After my return from San Francisco, I had the chance to attend the annual African Business Conference at Harvard Business School. At the conference, I was able to network with many African innovators and change makers that are transforming the continent in various ways. It was a wonderful experience that reminded me how I am always striving to use the resources at Middlebury to later return to my home country and contribute to the development.

I have very much enjoyed my time at Middlebury and this would not have been possible without your generous support! Thank you for your contribution!

Why Support International Students?

Hear from scholarship co-founder Humberto García-Sjögrim and Bethel Endawoke in the videos below.


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