Our Stories: Ban, Scholar (2018)

Ban is a young woman who fled Iraq and came to Virginia via Syria after her father was identified as having worked in the Iraqi Air Force under American command. Working up to eight hours a day after school to help her family pay the bills, she threw herself into her studies, completing an Associate’s Degree in Arts & Sciences before graduating from high school with a 4.34 GPA. She will study Government and International Politics as the 2018 Lang Scholar at James Madison University.