Hiba Assi in O, The Oprah Magazine
Washington and Lee senior Hiba Assi is featured in the current issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, in a story about the Hope Fund, a program that provides scholarship funding for Palestinian refugees to study in the United States. As the story in O explains, Hiba is one of six daughters of a family from Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. The story of her journey to W&L is told in dramatic detail, describing how she and her family escaped during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, fleeing to Syria and getting a visa just days before classes began in the fall term of 2006. A double major in physics and mathematics, Hiba was one of the inaugural winners of a Johnson Opportunity Grant this past summer and studied fluid dynamics in a lab at the American University in Lebanon. You can read what Hiba wrote about coming to W&L midway in her first year on the Hope Fund site.