Senior Tade Mengesha Wins Emerson Hunger Fellowship

Senior Tade Mengesha Wins Emerson Hunger Fellowship

Tade Mengesha

Senior Tade Mengesha was awarded an Emerson National Hunger Fellowship for next year, which provides both grassroots and public policy experience. First, she will do field work with a community-based organization working on combating poverty, and then for the public policy segment of the program she will be in Washington, D.C., working with a think tank institution. 

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops and inspires leaders in the fight to eliminate hunger and poverty. A project of the Congressional Hunger Center, the fellowship each year is offered to 20 to 24 people who want to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

“I applied to the Emerson Hunger fellowship because it directly aligns with my values and career interests. I'm very interested in working with nonprofits and policy institutions, and the Emerson would give me firsthand exposure into this realm and provide me with tangible skills and knowledge for my future,” says Mengesha.

Mengesha credits Northwestern for allowing her to explore various after-college options and connecting her with “amazing resources” like internship opportunities and the Office of Fellowships, where she first learned of the Emerson Hunger Fellows. “SESP strongly equipped me with the primary skills and perspectives in order to be selected for fellowships. Through the classes, alumni networking events and various opportunities, I believe I would not have been doing this fellowship without the incredible support of SESP,” she says.

On campus, Mengesha has been involved with GlobeMed and Global Engagement Summit for all four years and was co-president of GlobeMed this past year. This past year I was also involved with the Roosevelt Institute for Public Policy and served as a Center for Civic Engagement fellow. She has worked at the Norris Center for all four years. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/12/14