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South alum wins EMPOWER scholarship


Congratulations to South grad, Michael Abebe '16, awarded the EMPOWER scholarship by the David M. Hersey Endowment Fund of the Courage Kenny Foundation. Abebe is attending the University of Minnesota with aspirations of becoming a physician.

From Onward, newsletter of the Courage Kenny Foundation:

The EMPOWER Scholarship: A legacy of supporting health care careers and goals
The annual EMPOWER Scholarship encourages and supports ethnically diverse students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field. The scholarship is may possible by a gift for the David M. Hersey Endowment Fund of the Courage Kenny Foundation. 

Michael Abebe
As a young child, Michael Abebe moved with his family from Ethiopia to the United States. He has excelled academically, making the 'A' honor roll at South High School where he graduated with one full year's worth of college credits. Michael has contributed more than 150 hours in community service through the student council and National Honor Society, and more than 54 hours as a volunteer at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health.  

Abebe is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a doctor. His long-term goal is to build a hospital in Ethiopia. He has been accepted at the University of Minnesota where he plans to study biochemistry with a sub-focus in pre-med.

"The EMPOWER scholarship will significantly aid my family and me with paying for college," he said.