Nominations Due for Outstanding Dallas Area Immigrants on April 25

Presented by Scheef & Stone, LLP, the Immigrant Journey Awards program is accepting nominations of outstanding immigrants until April 25. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of immigrant individuals as well as  businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation of new immigrants.

Everyone is encouraged to nominate extraordinary business, professional, and community leaders and advocates, who have made significant impacts on others and society. Nominations (, which are submitted electronically, will remain open from now until April 25, 2019.

Award nominees include entrepreneurs, advocates, civic leaders and individuals who have made substantial professional achievements in their field. They can be nominated for these applicable categories: Immigrant Entrepreneur, Immigrant Professional Excellence, Immigrant Advocate and Immigrant Spirit Awards.

“For eight years, the Immigrant Journey Awards has recognized for immigrants for their contributions to North Texas and the United States,” said Ann Massey Badmus, immigration attorney and partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP.  “We are excited to spotlight outstanding immigrant achievements this year as we continue to celebrate the diversity of North Texas and our nation, honor exceptional immigrants and their advocates, and  award scholarships to outstanding immigrant or first generation American high school seniors.”

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Award is for an individual who has built a highly successful North Texas business and sets an example for other motivated entrepreneurs locally and in the nation. Immigrants who have made remarkable strides in a professional field are eligible for the Immigrant Professional Excellence​ Award, while the Immigrant Spirit Award recognizes an individual who has contributed substantially to the well-being of the entire community or region. Lastly, the Immigrant Advocate Award goes to an individual, organization, business or government entity that has made a powerful and positive impact on the welfare of immigrants via public advocacy.

Honorees have unbelievable backgrounds and stories of perseverance, achievement, and overcoming the odds as immigrants in the community. Having emigrated from India, China, Mexico, Nigeria, Colombia, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Taiwan, Singapore, Ethiopia, El Salvador,  Honduras, and other countries, nominees have come a long way in their significant achievements in business, education, medicine, athletics, community service, and politics.

The Immigrant Journey Awards will be presented at the annual Immigrant Journey Awards Gala on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Clubs at Prestonwood in Dallas, Texas at 7 p.m. Award finalists will be notified by May 1, 2019 and expected to attend the gala in order to be considered for an award.  Interested parties should visit to find out more and submit a nomination.

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