Tinbit Berhanu, an eleventh-grade student at Pikesville High School, has been named one of 39 national 2016 Hamilton Scholars.
Alexander Hamilton Scholars selects up to 40 high school juniors each year to join its program. The students are selected based on financial need, demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to service, and leadership potential. They engage in a 5-year program designed to support their success in college and careers.
Berhanu will participate in conference calls and receive coaching support throughout the school year, and each summer, she will attend a weeklong national leadership institute and be eligible to apply for paid internships at the New York Historical Society, Morgan Stanley, and the Hamilton Scholars' headquarters.
Berhanu moved to the U.S. when she was 14 years old. Speaking English was discouraged in her country, but she began teaching herself English using a dictionary and other books.
Berhanu is a part of National Honors Society, the cross country team, mock trial team, medical club, Students of Success Club, and has been the co-editor and saleswoman of a literary magazine in her school for two consecutive years. she also loves using her organizational skills to assist with setting up events in her church, according to the Hamilton Scholar's website.
100 percent of the programs scholars have been accepted into academically selective colleges, and 98 percent of them graduate from college in 5 years or less.