Akbar Hossain L’18
As a first generation college graduate, the financial support from the Toll Scholarship made my dream of graduate education possible, which has certainly made me a more effective, informed, and conscientious leader than I could have been otherwise. The overall experience of being a Toll Scholar has empowered me in ways that far exceed what I could have imagined, including mentorship, professional growth opportunities, and a support network that spans any field of public service. Perhaps the best part of the Toll Scholarship has been the opportunity to meet, learn from, and grow with a community of close friends who are incredibly talented and a constant source of inspiration.
Akbar is a Judicial Law Clerk at the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In his pro bono practice, Akbar represents immigrants seeking asylum and low-income tenants in eviction proceedings. Akbar has previously interned for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and served as a Truman-Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Akbar has been appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to serve on the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Commission and is also involved with several local non-profit organizations in Philadelphia. While at law school, Akbar helped found the First Generation Professionals group, an organization for students who are from a working class or lower-income background that seeks to foster community, mentoring, and networking opportunities. He has been recognized nationally as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and as a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. Akbar’s work has been featured on CNN, NPR, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY News, and many other media outlets.