The Muslim Women’s Association strives to raise sufficient funds in providing scholarships to young Muslim women in the Greater Washington, DC, area allowing them to continue their education in the US. Such scholarships have been provided since 1985. Typically, the recipients represent many countries throughout the Muslim world and are encouraged to serve as ambassadors to their respective communities. To date, we have successfully supported nearly 100 Muslim girls in their higher educational pursuits in addition to positively exposing our cultures and Islamic religion to the American community at large.
Under the leadership of the committee chair and in accordance with all the MWA’s by-laws, scholarship eligibility criteria, and the MWA’s budget, this committee is responsible to advertise, solicit, search and select scholarship recipients.
After careful review of the many scholarship applications received, the scholarship committee announces the recipients, as well as the amounts awarded.
Scholarship Eligibility & Criteria
Applicants must be full-time UNDERGRADUATE students at an accredited institution and shall be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Prior academic achievements, including GPA
- Financial need
- US citizens or permanent residents in the US
- Community involvement
Priority will be given to:
- Applicants majoring in fields related to International Studies/Affairs, especially Islamic Studies
- Residents of the Greater Washington, DC, area provided they meet the other requirements
- Each year a candidate from a different Muslim country of origin
Scholarship Deadline & Timeline:
- April 1st of each year
- Scholarships shall be given on an annual basis. If a student receives scholarship for one year and wishes to continue receiving the scholarship, she will have to submit a new application every year. Scholarships do not renew automatically.
- Based on careful consideration, some candidates may be contacted for an interview with either a member of the scholarship committee or by the President of the MWA.
- Once a candidate has been successfully chosen, she will be asked to send her official transcript to the scholarship committee at the end of every grading period.
- The successful recipients shall be considered as an unpaid, non-voting member of MWA for the duration of their scholarships. For those who reside in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area, and if their schedule permits, they will be asked to attend the MWA’s monthly meetings.