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May 4, 2018

Guilford College Student Awarded Pulitzer Center Fellowship

English major Abigail Bekele '19 has been awarded a prestigious journalism fellowship — the Pulitzer Center-Guilford College Campus Consortium fellowship. 

This summer, Abigail will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the month of July to report on adoption practices in the country. "There's a new law in place that impacts adoption in Ethiopia, and I am interested in learning more about how it will affect the children there." 

With this fellowship opportunity, Abigail will be able to fulfill a long-held dream. 

"This means a lot to me, " she explains. "I am finally fulfilling a goal that I have had for a long time, which is to visit Ethiopia and work on some sort of project."

Abigail is a photographer for The Guilfordian, and next year's managing editor, as well as a photographer for the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. For her, this trip is about more than building her portfolio. Abigail will be combining her talents with an interest in exploring her roots. 

"I will be connecting photography with my desire to visit the place where my family is from. With this fellowship, I am able to take my skills and use them to report on an important issue. Guilford has prepared me to take risks and to work hard towards achieving any goal you set your mind too and that is exactly what I am doing with this project."

This achievement comes on the tail of an impressive year. Abigail also received awards from the N.C. College Media Association and the Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Want to become a part of an award-winning team of student journalists? Schedule a visit to campus to learn more about the Guilford College student newspaper, The Guilfordian