Jacob Desalegn

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Class of 2025

Aid students in Ethiopia that aren’t able to attend school due to financial insecurity.

One of Jacob’s proudest accomplishments is being the youth leader for a non-profit group that aims to educate Ethiopian and Eritrean youth in the Charlotte area about their ethnic background. This organization also teaches networking, volunteering, and college preparation. Jacob has worked tirelessly to learn about his Ethiopian heritage and instill a sense of pride in others in his community. He has assisted with fundraising thousands of dollars for families in other countries to support them with food, shelter and education.

Jacob’s strong work ethic is evident through his involvement in the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, his part-time work in real estate, and the 30 hours a week he dedicates to babysitting for his family. A broken ankle at a young age inspired his goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, which Jacob believes will provide stability so that he can achieve his goal of creating an organization that will help fund educational programs.

Leadership:

  • National Honor Society, Treasurer
  • Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP), Intern
  • Ethiopian Youth Group of Charlotte, Youth Leader