Education is only the beginning

Sarah Ibrahim ’08 (Wiess) used her four years at Rice to prepare herself for a career devoted to serving her community after graduation. 

Born in Sudan and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Sarah Ibrahim ’08 knew that education was critical to reach her full potential, but she wasn’t sure that she would be able to afford a top university. “When I found out that Rice will meet 100 percent of financial need, I was blown away,” Sarah says. “Without that support, I could not have attended a top school, and I felt so grateful when I got here.”

Once on campus Sarah found a supportive community of students, professors and mentors who helped her find her passion for public service. The sociology major found many opportunities during school to start making an impact, including interning at nonprofits in the area.

After graduation,she served as a seventh grade teacher through Teach for America in Houston, where she saw similarities between herself and her students. “Many of my students were bright and curious, but they had no idea that Rice was just around the corner and within their academic and financial reach.”

Today, Sarah is an assistant Harris County attorney advising on community service programs, engineering projects and public finance. “Now, I use my education to serve my community,” she says.

Sarah gives back to the Rice Annual Fund each year because she feels that it is essential to support the institution that helped launch her career.

“There is a phrase that sticks in my mind,” Sarah says. “To whom much is given, much is required. Education gave me a different future. It changed my life. I believe in the power that Rice has to change lives for its students, and that’s why I give back.”

Your gift to Rice today helps more students lead great lives after graduation.

Each year, the Annual Fund touches every aspect of student life, from creating research and internship opportunities to providing support for student leadership and career development programs. The Annual Fund also provides millions of dollars in scholarships and fellowships, reinforcing the university’s commitment to need-blind admissions, so that students following in Sarah’s footsteps have similar opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Please consider making a gift today to prepare students for life after graduation, so that “great things” at Rice are only the beginning!

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