Michael Bervell is a Ghanaian-American angel-investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, and philosopher.
In 2007, Bervell created “Hugs for” an international, student-run non-profit organization focused on using grassroots strategies to develop countries around the world. To date, "Hugs for" has fundraised over $500,000 of material and monetary donations; impacted over 300,000 youth around the world; and expanded operations to 6 countries (Tanzania, Ghana, United States, Uganda, Kenya, and Sierra Leone). Because of his work, Bervell was awarded the National Caring Award in 2015 (alongside Pope Francis, Dikembe Mutombo, and 7 others).
Bervell is a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association (which he joined when he was 19), director of the Harvard Club of Seattle, and student ambassador for the Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute. Additionally, he serves as an executive for Young Vision Africa, International Natural Day, and the Kairos Society.
He has helped to found and lead a variety of organizations including the Enchiridion Corporation, College Essayist, Textploit Literary Magazine, and Blueout Application Company. Moreover, he has experience working as a Software Engineer at Twitter and Program Manager at Microsoft.
His various efforts have earned him recognition as a GE-Lloyd Trotter Scholar (2018), World Internet Conference Wuzhen Scholar (2017), Walter C. Klein Scholar (2017), United Health Foundation Scholar (2016), Deutsche Bank Rise Into Success Scholar (2016), Blacks at Microsoft Scholar (2016), Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader (2015), Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar (2015), National Achievement Scholar (2015), Coca-cola Scholar (2015), Elks Scholar (2015), AXA Achievement Community Scholar (2015), Build-a-bear Workshop Huggable Hero (2014), and more.
Featured Press (with links)
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation (June 2019)
Harvard Gazette (April 2019)
US News & World Report (April 2016)
National Merit Scholarship (January 2016)
The Harvard Crimson (November 2017)
Bank of America (November 2017)
Huffington Post (July 2016)
National Caring Award (December 2015)
Everett Herald (June 2015)
Seattle Refined (August 2014)
Build-a-bear Workshop (August 2014)
GE-Lloyd Trotter Scholar (2018)
World Internet Conference Scholar (2017)
United Health Foundation Scholar (2016)
National Caring Award (2015)
Coca-Cola Scholar (2015)
Jackie Robinson Scholar (2015)
Evergreen Boys State Governor (2014)
Harvard University, 2015 - 2019
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Life, 1997 - Present
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