$1,500 Community Volunteer Scholarship Recipients

2017 – Kate Ekanem, Muhlenberg College

Kate Ekanem

About Kate’s Volunteer Involvement

Kate comes from a country that is presently considered one of the most dangerous in the world for girls and women. Across Nigeria, education and employment for women is still almost an uphill task that keeps the cycle of unemployment for women unbroken, and incidences that have led to so many deaths due to poverty and bad health condition. At age eighteen, Kate decided to devote her time and energy to thousands of girls and women who were going through the same deep depression and needed help and support. Her mission is to uplift girls who experienced the similar situation of Poverty and lack of motherly affection like she went through. Her aim is to get them financially independent by empower them with tradable skills. In 2012, when she was eighteen, she transcended her pains to creativity by starting Kate Tales Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for girl’s education, women empowerment and emerging writer’s development.

Learn about The Kate Tales Foundation

“Something Special” about Kate

“I’ve had the privilege to meet and mentor many young women around the world. There is something special about Kate Ekanem. Rarely have I met someone who consistently overcomes extraordinary odds and confronts every obstacle with the strength, perseverance, tenacity, and enthusiasm of Kate.  Born into a culture that doesn’t value girls or girl’s education, Kate has confounded every tenet. Precisely because she had to fight for her education and fight to learn, she committed herself, as a teenager, to being a girl’s rights advocate, focusing on the education of other girls in her native Nigeria, through her non-profit Kate Tales Foundation. For Kate, a college education was a dream that she felt might be unattainable. That she is now a first-year student at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., is extraordinary. Dealhack’s Community Volunteer Scholarship helped make this a reality for Kate.”

Lauren C Anderson


Lauren C. Anderson, LC Anderson International Consulting



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