UB business student wins NABA scholarship

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Michael Asmerom, entrepreneur and force of change, awarded by the National Association of Black Accountants

Trefz School of Business student Michael Asmerom, a ubiquitous force of energy on campus and driver of broad social change, has won a National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) scholarship.

He will receive the prize at NABA’s 2016 Night of Stars Scholarship and Awards Celebration on September 7. Scholarship amounts are not divulged until the ceremony.

Asmerom, 22, is a senior honors student majoring in business management with a minor in communications. He chose the fields of study while running his first company, a clothing line he founded from his dorm room as a freshman. Asmerom named the start-up “No Sleep” due to his back-to-back schedule of classes, jobs, and other activities. His second business, Superior Ebooks, is an online text book subscription service that he is launching with guidance from advisers at the University’s new Student Entrepreneur Center. The start-up is currently raising capital through a Go Fund Me campaign.

Asmerom has also devoted much of his time to community and campus service. He was overwhelmingly elected by his peers to serve as vice president of the Student Government Association for the 2016-2017 academic year and works as a resident assistant on campus, one of two jobs he manages as a full-time student.

In January 2016, Asmerom teamed up with Sodexo Dining Services, the University’s meals vendor, to create the student Food Recovery Network Club to donate meals to those in need.  Within five months, the Food Recovery Network Club collected over 1,300 pounds of surplus food to feed the homeless and financially vulnerable individuals, including the elderly and children, who are served by the United Church of Christ in Bridgeport.

In the spring of 2016, Asmerom won the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Junior Student for his significant positive impact on student life.

“Your work exemplifies NABA’s mantra of ‘Lifting as We Climb’ and serves as an inspiration to everyone,” NABA Greater Hartford Chapter President Troy Woolery wrote to Asmerom informing him of the scholarship award.

“My motivation is my family,” said Asmerom, who moved to Harlem from Ethiopia with his mother and siblings when he was seven. The transition to a new culture, where he wasn’t welcomed by peers, was initially difficult, he said, but his mother encouraged him to pursue his dreams to become the CEO of his own company.

Through her example—she earned her nursing degree while working at a hotel—“she taught me the importance of education early on in life,” Asmerom wrote in his NABA scholarship application.

 

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu

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