Scholarship for Muslim Students – We’ve heard many stories saying that Islam does not support education, especially for women. However, in reality Islam makes learning obligatory. In fact, the first verse that God sent to Islam’s prophet was to read/understand.
Today in United States there are literally thousands of Muslims students who are pursuing their undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree. Just like most students in the United States, these Muslim students are also struggling to pay their tuition fees and other educational costs. That is why we have listed some opportunities for scholarship for Muslim students in the United States below.
List of Scholarship for Muslim Students
Before you apply for these scholarships or grants, it is best if you apply for the Federal Pell Grant first. The Federal Pell grant is a government educational financial aid that helps students from low-income families. To apply, simply fill in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) honestly and after completion you should be informed on the amount of money you will receive for your education. This grant can be considered as the ‘gate’ for other programs, which may also include some of the scholarship and grant programs we mention below.
Islamic Scholarship Fund
The first source we’d like to discuss is this Islamic Scholarship Fund. The award amount range between $2,000 and $5,000. The program requires all applicants to maintain good grades (at least GPA score of 3.0) in an ISF supported major, and the university that the applicant enrolled in should be an accredited university in United States.
IDB-BISEW IT Muslim Scholarship
The IDA-BISEW provides scholarships for students in the IT field. This scholarship is available for Muslim students in IT field who are planning to get a year-long training. The tuition cost will be covered, and in addition the scholarship program also provides funding for students to have their certification examination. It is important to understand that the scholarship is available for tuition-related costs, so you will have to find a way to get money for food and accommodation yourself.
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships
Tailor-made for Oxford Muslim students, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies provides a very generous scholarship that covers the whole tuition and college fee in Oxford University and also the living cost needed. This scholarship opportunity is available for graduate students from United Kingdom and from Muslim communities across the world. You have to have good academic merits to be eligible for this program. The deadline is set on January. More information can be found in their website.
The Washington Center Muslim Scholarships
Worth at least $5,000, the scholarship can help students to pay off their classes and housing fees. We encourage all undergraduate American Muslim students to apply for the Washington Center Muslim Scholarship Program, available from the Washington Center and the Center for Global Understanding.
MWA 2016 Aisha (RA) Scholarship
Muslim women should also rejoice because there’s a gender-specific scholarship program called the Muslim Women’s Alliance Aisha (RA) scholarship program. The main purpose of this program is to empower Muslim women, allowing them to become confident, independent, and self-sufficient. Two selected applicants will receive $1,500 each.
The Lila Fahlman Scholarship
In Canada, there’s a similar program to the MWA Aisha scholarship called the Lila Fahlman Scholarship from the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. The program emphasizes on empowering Muslim women, with preference to those with African descent. The deadline for the application is at the end of January. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student of graduate or undergraduate or certificate program in a Canadian college or university.
Islamic Community Scholarship Fund
The Islamic Community Endowed Scholarship Fund, working together with Islamic-Christian Endowed Scholarship fund have created this scholarship for full time Muslim students who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The eligibility is based on various factors, including the academic merit and financial condition of the student (Pell Grant awardees have better chances in receiving this scholarship). The number of scholarship provided each year varies, depending on the available funding.
As you can see, there are various opportunities available for Muslim students. Islam encourages everyone to learn and pursue education. I wish you all success in your education, and hope that this information on the scholarship for Muslim students helps!