Ethiopian-American Genet Lakew set up a fundraising campaign on Generosity titled “Help Black Immigrants Pay For College,” for “The Mekonnen Family Scholarship” she created.

By Monique Judge (The Root) |

Attending college can be cost prohibitive for U.S. students who don’t want to incur thousands of dollars in debt, and for students from immigrant families, the prospect is even more daunting or in some cases impossible, but one woman is seeking to change that for students of the Black diaspora with a special scholarship fund.

Genet Lakew is an Ethiopian-American student who managed to graduate with a journalism degree from Howard and a Masters degree in Africana-Studies from NYU debt-free. The 27-year-old is now in digital communications with the National Urban League, and in a recent interview with Vibe, she discusses how she is giving back by creating her own endowment, The Mekonnen Family Scholarship, to help immigrant high school students from the Black diaspora pay for college.

Genet Lakew set up a fundraising campaign on Generosity titled “Help Black Immigrants Pay For College,” and she says “the scholarship is named in honor of the humble, hardworking immigrant family I come from, who poured their hopes and dreams into me. I want the names and memories of the souls who are no longer on earth to live on through this scholarship.”

“My working class Ethiopian immigrant mother emphasized education as a gateway to opportunity and success,” Lakew wrote. “But she did not have the economic and social access to help me apply to colleges, visit campuses, pay for application fees, tuition, and housing.”

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15 Responses



  2. Yeabtsega

    Hello,my name is Yeabtsega and I live in Ethiopia and I heard you on the television show (Helen show), I want to learn management through scholarship(2019). so please give me an opportunity. thank you

  3. Getahun

    hello how are you I am getahun ayele from Ethiopia I am very interesting to gain educational scholarship but need your help please would you give me this golden chance I hear ebs television in helen show thank you

    • EthiopiaOnline

      Dear Getahun,

      Thank you for contacting us. This Scholarship is specifically designed to those who live in the United States. Moreover, it is not a full scholarship – it is just a ‘partial support’ scholarship.

      Good luck,

  4. Tsion Girma

    Hello,my name is Tsion and I live in Ethiopia.I heard you on Helen show and I have taken grade 12 entarance exam this year.I want to learn medicine through scholarship so please give me the opprtunity.Thank you

  5. Yididya

    Hello my name is yididya I live in Ethiopia I heard this scholarship in Helen show and I was hoping to get this scholarship for 2019 I really appreciate it if I get this chance so please contact us thank u

  6. Bezawit eyasu

    Hello my name is bezawit eyasu I heard abou t u on Helen show I need better education I was wondering if you could help me thank you

  7. Tefera

    Helo ma name is tefera im so wondering when i heare u about u genet lakew 10 q for every thing they did to blak ppl what u start

  8. rahel

    hey gene my name is rahel I live in ethiopia I need this chance I want to learn in better education

  9. Biniam Belay


    It was nice to see Genet on EBS and i was impressed by your motivation to start this scholarship program. I am Biniam from Addis Ababa, i have been accepted to study MBA in International Business in the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut; I have already received my F1 visa for the Spring 2019. I haven’t received any scholarship from the University and trying to so get some grants. I would be more than happy if you can help part of my tuition.

    Many thanks,

  10. Almaz goremes

    Hi geni I’m grade 11 studen I need I papply this scholarship can you help me u know my dream is a very day I get good education because I want to be international journalexam please Genet help feer scholarship get I hope u help me thank you Helen and genet

    • Fiker Michael

      Hi genet how are you ?I am from ethiopia . my name is Fiker Michael. I am in grade 10 .geni l want better education please help me also I have many dreams for my country not only this but also for my world . I know you help .You know I am proud of you by your work. Thank you so much geni and hellen

  11. Fiker Michael

    Hi geni how are you?My name is Fiker michael i am from ethiopia.geni i want better education . I have many dreams for my country not only this but also for my country. Please help me and also others.i hope that you help me. Thank you geni and hellen

  12. yosabet kebede

    hi geni iam from ETHIOPA i am grade 9 i am looking for scholarship the reason why iam looking for scholarship is my parents cannot pay my school fee so i need scholarship please help me as you can? thank you.


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