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The goal of this blog is to find and list scholarships of interest to Muslim students in an easy-to-reference format. Please share this blog with interested students and institutions, and let me know of any scholarship opportunities I may have missed.

Important: Links to scholarship opportunities are provided for informational purposes only. As with anything else in life, it is important to thoroughly investigate the scholarships you apply for as well as the people or organizations you donate to. Please read this article on common scholarship scams before getting started.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SU Abroad: Muslim Cultures: Historical Diversity and Contemporary Realities

Each year, Syracuse University in New York offers a summer program dedicated to Muslim Cultures in London. "The program combines course work with guest lectures; visits to museums, mosques, and special exhibits; field projects; and study tours to Granada and Istanbul, historic sites of exquisite Islamic architecture."

According to the website:

"Financial assistance totaling approximately $6,000 per student is available for all those admitted to the program. This includes a tuition grant that covers 3 of the 9 credits, and a program fee grant of $1,400 that covers billed expenses for the field study trips to Granada and Istanbul. This award is in addition to individual grants of $2,000 that are available to all students regardless of financial need."

About 50 percent of students who study at SU Abroad centers are Syracuse students. The rest come from over 150 schools and colleges across the U.S.

Click here for more information.

Dr.Mohammad Riyaz Ahmed Scholarship Fund

The Dr.Mohammad Riyaz Ahmed Scholarship Fund "helps students, representing various area high schools and colleges or universities, receive scholarships and allow them to use these scholarships at the colleges and universities of their choice. "

Applicants must belong to Muslim community centers in certain cities in Oregon (Portland and some other cities) or specific areas of Washington State (specified on the application).

Preference is given to students studying the following fields: Law, Journalism, Psychology, Counseling, or social work.

Deadline: In 2006, the deadline to apply for this scholarship was in May. Visit the website to obtain more accurate information for 2008-2009.

Click here for more information.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Chicagoland Muslim Scholarship Fund

The Chicagoland Muslim Scholarship Fund (CMSF) was established in March 2003 to assist Muslim students in the pursuit of higher education. The mission of the fund’s governing body is to contribute to the emergence and future success of young Muslim professionals by providing financial assistance and creating a support network for students.

At this time, the scholarship is only open to those students that attend an accredited university in the Chicagoland area.

In 2005, five awards of $1000 each were planned.

Deadline: The information on the website is outdated. Contact CMSF for this year's info.

Visit the website here.

United Muslim Foundation Scholarship

United Muslim Foundation (UMF) is offering a new $4,000 scholarship to High School Seniors or University Students who are UMF members.

It looks like this is a Florida-based scholarship.

Deadline: Information on the website is for 2007, so contact the Foundation for this year's info.

Visit the website here.

University of Michigan - Vision Scholarship

The Vision Scholarship was founded by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Its purpose is to reward undergraduates entering underrepresented fields by Muslims and who have a sound vision for how they plan to contribute to the Muslim ummah.

Preference will be given to students who are in financial need, have excelled academically, and have taken leadership roles in the non-Muslim and Muslim communities. The award will consist of one $1000 award and one $500 award.

Applicant must be an undergraduate attending the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Deadline: The Vision website only contains information for 2005-2006, so visit the website for contact info. and to make sure this scholarship still exists.

Visit the website here.

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 to encourage Muslim students in the United States to pursue college and post graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences and liberal arts.

ISF’s goal is to encourage Muslim students to pursue a college or post-graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, liberal arts and law through awarding annual scholarships of $1000-$10,000 to deserving students.

Among other things, "Students must be studying at a “top 20” university of their respective major according to one of major rating systems."

Deadline: May 15th of each calendar year

Keep reading here.

$1000 Scholarship for Muslim Women

This is a scholarship for young women (ages 17-22) residing in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Deadline: April 5, 2008

Keep reading here.

Young Professionals, Inc. Scholarship for Muslim Children

This scholarship program is for Muslim families who want their children to attend an Islamic school, but may not have the economic means to do so. This scholarship is not limited to any particular city or state within the United States; it allows the family to choose the school, best fit for their sons or daughters.

The amount awarded to each family depends on financial need and other factors.

Keep reading here.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

MYLA Education Scholarships

MYLA (Muslim Youth Leadership Award) is another series of scholarships available to Muslim youth in Minnesota. In 2007, nearly $25,000 was awarded to "assist, prepare and encourage the future leaders in our communities."

The website says it will soon have information posted for 2008.

Click here for more details on this scholarship.

Islamic Center of Minnesota Scholarship

The Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM) Scholarship Fund was endowed in 1992 with the vision to be available annually to the college students based upon their academic achievement, financial need and service to the community.

Applicants must be residents of Minnesota. High school seniors and university students of any level are invited to apply for the $10,000 in funding that is available.

Deadline: The website says July 31, 2007, so make sure to contact the Islamic Center for information about 2008.

Keep reading here.

Qatar Scholarship Program

The Qatar Scholarship Program offers dedicated Arabic language students from the United States the opportunity to master their skills in an intensive Arabic language program at the Qatar University in Doha.

This program is open to graduate students or those recently obtaining a Bachelors or Masters degree.

Deadline: February 4th (looks like this might be yearly, so this is a good time to start preparing for 2009).

Keep reading here.