Our Stories: Tensaye, Scholar (2013)

TensayeTensaye, only two years after immigrating from rural Ethiopia, was selected to lead more than 2,000 JROTC cadets as the highest-ranking officer in the District of Columbia, taught English in the Dominican Republic as part of a student exchange program, and maintained a 3.9 GPA while working 20 hours a week at the Department of Parks and Recreation. She is studying engineering at Penn State.

Tensaye is a Penn State Engineering Pathways Fellow, and had an incredible opportunity in the summer of 2015: in May and June, she and 10 other fellows traveled to Peru, where they worked with students from Universidad ESAN in Lima to design a house for people who live in informal settlements. In addition to their design project, they were also able to see the sights in Cusco, Lima, and Machu Picchu.