Meredith Student Mariamawit Tadesse Earns WomenNC Award

Meredith College senior Mariamawit Tadesse is the recipient of the first Carolyn King CSW Scholarship, presented by WomenNC.

Tadesse was one of five North Carolina college students selected to present at the United Nations’ 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which was held February 27-March 9, 2012, in New York City. The theme of this year’s UN event was the empowerment of rural women. Tadesse’s presentation topic was agriculture and rural women farmers.

Each of the WomenNC Student Fellows discussed their U.N. experiences during an April event at Meredith College. The first WomenNC Carolyn King Scholarship was presented to Tadesse during this event at Meredith. The award funds expenses from Tadesse’s UN visit.

The Carolyn S. King Award honors the legacy and example of Carolyn King, a lifelong advocate and pioneer for women’s rights and for racial and social justice. The award recognizes a demonstrated passion for racial justice, courage in advocating opportunities for marginalized persons, and sensitivity, positive attitude and perseverance in the face of challenge.

Tadesse is earning a double major in business administration & economics and minors in international business and French.

WomenNC is a Raleigh-based non-profit with a primary goal of empowering young women to become active participants in local North Carolina issues, coupled with an increased understanding of the diverse roles women play in the global community. Since 2010, WomenNC has sent 13 North Carolina university fellows to participate in the United Nations’ annual CSW conference. Find more information on CSW student fellowship opportunities at; 2013 applications available in late August.

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