Paying It Forward – Samuel Alemayehu

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“The award to me of a $40,000 scholarship ten years ago, was by far the largest and most important financial gift anyone had ever made for me or my family. The Ron Brown Program gave me financial support and an invitation to join the RBS family that aimed to honor the legacy of Secretary Ron Brown by daring us to succeed beyond our wildest dreams. So ten years later after an Engineering Degree from Stanford and a series of successful startups, I am in a position to give back to the organization that has changed my life. I wanted to be the first Ron Brown Scholar to fund a full scholarship of $40,000. Having experienced and benefitted from the Ron Brown Program, the ultimate way to show my gratitude was to provide the same opportunity for future Ron Brown Scholars.”