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In 2019, The Nargis E. Ragab Scholarship was created by Hacking Law Practice as a community engagement program to increase awareness of the serious immigration issues within the United States. This scholarship is named after Nargis E. Ragab, who came to the United States from El Mansura, Egypt in 1979 in search of a better life. With little money, Nargis struggled to provide for her child and find work. 

It is our hope that this scholarship will provide first-generation students with an opportunity to share their stories, and these immigration success stories will serve as a beacon of hope for others

Our team at Hacking Law Practice is honored to assist students in the pursuit of their higher education through this financial award.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 award and can be submitted by visiting our scholarship page.

2019 Winner: Alex Quach

“I chose to apply to the Nargis Scholarship primarily to lessen the burden on my parents for paying for college. I think Nargis’ story is particularly inspiring as she sold all her possessions to come to America with her three children. She struggled to raise her children, find work, and assimilate. I think this is like my own parents’ story, as they were also small children and came with few possessions to America, escaping the war in Vietnam. Since my parents’ families struggled to get by after immigrating, they worked as children to help sustain their families. But even then, that ethic of hard work continued. When my parents were married, they set up a booth at a flea market every day, in the blazing Florida heat. It was very demanding as they sold 50-pound domino sets, meaning they would have to haul them from the truck to the market and at the end of the day, from the market to the truck if they didn’t sell enough. Growing up in this environment, I wanted to be able to help my parents. I was able to work at three, paid technical internships over the span of high school, but along the way, I needed a lot of help from my teachers and other resources. Out of these experiences, one cool thing I was able to organize was a college- and career-preparation event that provided resources like resume-building workshops, one-on-one mock interview practice, and personal exposure to professionals in students’ prospective careers. I find it powerful that I was able to channel the energy and drive from my immigrant parents to advance my own eagerness to work internships that my family needed and to be able to provide those resources to others. 

After learning that I won this scholarship, I felt empowered that my family’s immigrant struggle has finally been recognized. I’m extremely glad that this scholarship exists to help inspire other families of immigrants.”

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