August 23rd, 2010 ·
- 2010 BCF High Hopes Scholarship recipient
- San Francisco State University
The obligations that come with being part of an Ethiopian family is that education is what determines one’s life, and it must be kept as a priority. My parents came to the United States with only their high school diplomas and they wanted to see their children succeed in attaining secondary education. As a result through my academics and social endeavors, I realized that the intellectual space my parents have created for me and the socially conscious identity that I am striving to attain can both exist in the same framework. I am eager to enter the [Cal State] system with a broader view that goes beyond the classroom. I am excited to join social groups that focus on African American rights and interact with likeminded people.
“Girma’s most striking characteristic is his genuine concern for other individuals. He is dedicated to school, while maintaining a healthy balance of extracurricular and social activities. Given this, he will be able to prioritize the demanding life of a college student. Girma is a mature and responsible young man.”
Teacher, Berkeley High School