Islam is one of the largest religious faiths in the entire world. With more than 1 billion active followers, it has continued to grow tremendously throughout history. However, in the United States, Islam is still a religion that finds itself in the minority. As a result, there are a number of Muslim student scholarships that are aimed to help promote diversity among school campuses.
The benefits of scholarships.
Most students who have a difficult time affording tuition, books, and even room and board will often turn to scholarships and grants as a way to help pay for their college education. The same holds true when it comes to Islam. The faith prefers its members to be highly educated. That’s why there are a number of Muslim student scholarships available at many campuses and overall.
The benefits of a scholarship are that they can provide some extra money annually to the student who wins a particular scholarship award. Not every scholarship is going to be the same. Some scholarships may be awards of $100. Other scholarships can offer completely free tuition, books and supplies paid for, and free room and board.
For those who may be applying for various scholarships for Muslim students, even the smallest scholarship award, such as $100, can certainly be beneficial in many situations. The key is to find as many potential scholarships as one could apply to, and begin applying to them all. The more scholarships that a student applies to, the greater the chances they will have of at least winning a few. So while that $100 scholarship may not seem like a big deal at the time, when money is tight and it’s difficult to afford books or other supplies for certain classes, those scholarship awards will be tremendously beneficial.
Understanding the difference between grants and scholarships.
Many foreign students as well as United States citizens have a difficult time understanding the difference between grants and scholarships. A scholarship is basically an award that is based on merit. If the Muslim student accomplishes a great deal in their academic career and takes part in extracurricular activities, community service, and much more, they are more likely to earn scholarships based on those achievements.
For those Muslim students who have a difficult time affording tuition, books and supplies, and other related expenses, grants are the best way to go. Grants are based on need rather than merit. So even for those Muslim students who may be having a difficult time affording their tuition and may not have excelled in their high school career to help them stand out, they would be better served focusing on grants rather than scholarships.
This doesn’t mean they should forego any scholarship opportunities. As noted earlier, with certain Muslim student scholarships, it’s important that each student apply to as many possible scholarships and grants as they can find. The more competitive the scholarship (meaning, the more students who applied to it) the more difficult it’s going to be for a particular student to earn that particular scholarship, especially if they didn’t partake in extracurricular activities, community service, or excel academically.
Here are a few Muslim student scholarships that any student, high school or college age, may consider applying for if they regularly practice the religion.
Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship in Journalism
This particular scholarship was designed because of a specific need for more Muslim students pursuing a career in journalism. The founder of this particular scholarship, Aziz Jamaluddin, made note of a long history of bias within journalism, especially with regard to the voice of Islam. He focused on helping other Muslim students gain valuable financial support and assistance to encourage them to pursue a career in journalism.
He has continued to be dedicated to reducing the bias in the American media outlets and this scholarship has gone a long way to helping promote that ideology. The deadline for applying for this particular scholarship is February 1 and it is awarded annually. In order to be eligible, students need to be practicing Muslims with strong academic credentials and a sincere desire to pursue journalism in their college career.
To learn more about this particular scholarship, you can visit their website here.
Islamic Scholarship Fund
Awarded annually, the deadline to apply for the Islamic Scholarship Fund is April 6. The annual awards for this particular scholarship can range anywhere between $1000 and $10,000. It is awarded to students who have been accepted to top ranked four year colleges and universities. They need to be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate field of study in humanities, social sciences, liberal arts, or law.
Students need to maintain a high grade point average, be actively involved in the community, and strong in their faith. This is a great scholarship for any Muslim student who is seeking to continue their studies and focus on reaching out to the Muslim community.
To learn more about this particular scholarship or to apply, visit their website here.
Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship
The application deadline for this scholarship is February 1 and it is awarded annually. 20 scholarships are awarded at $1,000 each. They are based on merit and academic achievement.
In order to be eligible, the Muslim student has to maintain a GPA of three point or higher and be entering their freshman year in college. To learn more about this particular scholarship and begin the application process, you can visit their website here.