MWA Scholarship

MWA Scholarship

The MWA 2017 Aisha (RA) Scholarship Details

The Muslim Women’s Alliance Scholarship is in honor of Aisha (RA), the greatest of women scholars. The purpose of this scholarship is to empower women, and to allow them to become self sufficient.

MWA is offering two separate scholarships, to two separate individuals, in the amount of $1,500.00 each (One thousand five hundred dollars, only).

Applicants must fall into one of these categories:

  1. Female, High School graduate, entering into a two year or four year college
  2. Female, currently enrolled in a two year or four year college
  3. Female, entering into, or currently enrolled in a trade school.

Eligible Students:

  1. Muslim Female; must be at the age of 17 years or older, as of March 1, 2017.
  2. Must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States, and a resident of Illinois.
  3. Must be pursuing an Associate’s degree, a first Bachelor’s degree, or pursuing technical or vocational training at an accredited school.

*Students who are graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2017, and/or those who will be pursuing a graduate degree are ineligible.

  1. To be eligible to apply, the annual household income must not exceed the maximum for the household size.

Household Size

Maximum Annual Household Income

1

$25,000

2

$40,000

3

$45,000

4

$52,500

5

$60,000

6

$67,500

These guidelines are based and formatted on information from the national average of the U.S. Department of Labor. To adjust for households larger than 6 people, add $7,500 for each additional member.

Requirements to apply: (Please provide proof and documentation for each)

  1. Accepted to, or currently enrolled in college
  2. GPA of at least 3.0, or a B average
    1. For College: Provide High School or College transcript
    2. For Technical/ Vocational Training: Entrance exam results, or letter of reference proving eligibility.
    3. Proof of household income
      1. For College: FAFSA Application
      2. For Technical/ Vocational Training:  A copy of the first 2 pages of tax returns; Form 1040 for 2015/2016, together with a copy of the 2016 W-2
      3. Demonstrate an active participation in community service or philanthropic work (Not necessarily at an Islamic center)
      4. 5.       Provide two letters of recommendation. The letter can comment on your academic ability, promise of future success, your extracurricular activities or how your efforts have contributed to the community. Be sure that the letter of recommendation includes contact information for the person writing the letter.
        1. One from volunteer/ community service
        2. One from school, internship or work
        3. Write an essay (Please see below for requirements)

Requirements for essay:

  1. Topic: How do you think, the education you will receive empowers you to make an impact in society?
  • This can be in your home, at school, at work, or in the community. Also explain how you would embody the characteristics of a companion, or one of the wives of our Prophet Mohammed (SAW) to make such an impact.
  • Your essay will be judged on creativity, content, style, and grammar.
  1. Essay must be typed
  2. Length: 500 – 700 words maximum.
  3. Font: Times New Roman
  4. Size of Font: 12
  5. Line spacing: Double
  6. Margins: 1 inch all around
  7. Must have a cover page, with the name of the applicant and the title of the essay
  8. If any references are being made, the correct citations, in APA or MLA, and reference page.

 

Application Timeline

  • Application deadline: February 11, 2017 (Postmarked, or electronic time stamp must be no later than midnight of due date)
  • Application selection: March 1st, 2017
  • Awarded: Spring 2016 (At the MWA Annual Lunch event, exact date TBA)

Note: Payments will NOT be made out to the individual. Payments will only be made out to the Educational Institution for educational expenses, housing, school supplies, and books.

Click here to access the application form.

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