Eden Amare Yitbarek has become IDC Herzliya’s first student to be awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in the U.K. She plans to study International Development there.
Yitbarek graduated from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy. With her focus on studying the relationship between the United States and Israel, she worked as a research assistant in the school’s American Public Opinion Toward Israel lab.
While at IDC, Yitbarek was twice named to the Dean’s List for outstanding students and also received an Israel at Heart Scholarship. The Israel at Heart Program, supported by Joey Low, the Broward Jewish
Federation, Dorit and Benjamin Genet, and other generous and kind donors around the world, awards scholarships to outstanding young Israelis of Ethiopian origin.
A native Amharic speaker, Yitbarek worked as an interpreter for Ethiopian refugees at the Canadian Embassy in Israel. She also did an IDC internship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Eden’s passion is teaching others and this is something she hopes to continue beyond her
time at Oxford. Since graduating, she has been employed as a grant consultant in the Tel Aviv office of international consulting firm Eagle Point Funding, which connects companies and academic institutions
to funding opportunities.
“I know I am the first IDC student to be awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, but I want to make sure I am not the last,” says Eden. “I hope to inspire others, who are systematically disadvantaged because of factors beyond their control, I urge them to never give up and to always reach for their dreams even if they seem impossible and unattainable.”