Tawah Tamba will begin studying at Gettysburg College in Fall 2022. Tawah grew up in Margibi County, a rural area of Liberia before moving closer to the capital of Monrovia with her mother and siblings. Being raised by her single mother along with her five siblings, Tawah recognized the importance of overcoming challenges and always looking to the future. Her mother encouraged her to always be positive and focus on her studies.There were times she had to leave school due to lack of funds, but she didn’t give up. Tawah recognized her own academic ability and potential and was able to graduate with top marks. Along with always trying her best in school, Tawah hopes to make an impact in the society, despite coming from a lower socio-economic level.
She has volunteered with the LIBERIA renewal ministry, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, spent most of her time working for the NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE OF LIBERIA to spread awareness and sanitation supplies for communities. During the lockdown in Liberia, Tawah tried to learn new skills from home so that she could support her family. She then taught other young women in her neighborhood so that they too could supplement their family’s income. After graduation Tawah also volunteered with YONER LIBERIA as a program associate to help coordinate youth activities. Tawah is an Alumna of the Young Political Leadership school of Africa- a one week Leadership training for emerging leaders. Tawah is the founder and CEO of CONSCIOUS YOUTH OF LIBERIA, an organization that aims at Advocacy, leadership and innovation in order to build a vibrant society for youth. Her latest volunteer project has been leading a menstrual hygiene workshop for young girls.
Tawah hopes that by improving the health education of young women, she can help prevent teenage pregnancy and early marriage. She hopes to continue this passion for education and volunteerism after earning her degree in the US.