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ISF 2016 Annual Banquet

 

Join us on October 8th to honor the dedicated Muslim women activists, academicians and government officials that serve our country. 

The guest speakers of this evening represent hundreds of Muslim women who have dedicated their life to serving the community, protecting our civil rights and ensuring equal representation in all walks of life, including politics. 

Linda Sarsour-Activist
Linda Sarsour is a workingwoman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three.  Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading NYC force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system.


Dr. Dalia Fahmy-Political Science Assistant Professor
Dr.  Fahmy is an assistant professor of Political Science at Long Island University where she teachers courses on US foreign Policy, World Politics, International Relations, Causes of War, and Politics of the Middle East. Dr. Fahmy’s current research looks at the changing role of Islamists in the democratic future of the Middle East.
Dr. Fahmy has two books in the works that look at the future of political Islam and the role of liberalism in the Middle East. She has published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the affects of Islamophobia on US foreign policy. She has been interviewed by and written opeds in various media outlets including ABC, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and appears often on Aljazeera.
Dr. Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. In 2014, Dr. Fahmy was one of the recipients of the prestigious Kleigman Prize in Political Science. And this year was awarded the Newton Prize for excellence. She is also a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy. Dalia is an ISF 2009 Scholarship Recipient. She also serves on the ISF Board of Directors and Selection Committee.


Rashida Tlaib-Elected Official 
Rashida Tlaib was the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature. Politically, her legacy is largely her accomplishments fighting budget battles and shaping legislation on numerous social justice issues. For Rashida’s constituents, her legacy centers on her creation of a neighborhood service center, which provided direct advocacy on issues and anti-poverty services to thousands of people.
Currently, Rashida is the Community Partnerships &Development Director at the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice and advisor to the Campaign to Take on Hate, a racial justice movement to prevent the increase of hate crimes.The first to attend college in her family, Rashida received her bachelor’s in political science from Wayne State University and her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. She lives in Southwest Detroit with her family. 

ISF Banquet Tickets

 

 

For more information or to sponsor the event, please contact Somayeh Nikooei at snikooei@IslamicScholarshipFund.org

 

 

ISF – MuBANY Scholarship

ISF offers many joint scholarships to Muslim professional groups that share its common mission and vision. ISF is honored to work with the Muslim Bar Association of New York to host the ISF-MuBANY Scholarship to enable New York based law students to achieve their goals in higher education. The program aims to seek to reciprocally reward active law students in the New York Muslim community, who have the most impact in improving the lives of their Muslim brothers and sisters.

This award is for students who play a prominent role in their community through their activism and leadership, developing visionary ideas for the future of their community. Recipients of this award must have the intention of practicing law in New York upon graduation.

ISF and MuBANY will support its scholarship recipients to fulfill a volunteer service obligation of 20 hours through relevant internship programs within one year of receiving a scholarship.

Description and Eligibility:

ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of four months.

Each Eligible Applicant Must Be:

Muslim and active member of the New York Muslim community;

Attending or enrolled in a law school in New York;

Enrolled as a Juris Doctor candidate;

Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average;

A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.;

Selection Process:

ISF’s Selection Committee which is composed of university professors, non-profit organization leaders and community members with years of experience in the academic and non-profit world review and score applications from April to June.  Applicant finalists with the highest score are scheduled for web-based video interviews during the month of June.  Final selections are made and all applicants are notified in July.

Award Distribution:

The amount of the scholarship is $3,000 and will be awarded in two installments for the fall and spring semester. With certain exceptions, ISF’s policy is to send checks directly to an applicant’s university.

Please feel free to contact us at contact@islamicscholarshipfund.org or 650-995-6782 for more information.

Apply here

For more scholarships please visit: www.IslamicScholarshipFund.org

Photo Essay – Writing Workshop

March 5 media workshop

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF), Averroes High School and MIST are partnering to host an interactive media workshop led by documentary producer David Washburn, and ISF Scholarship Recipients, Aliyah Mohammed and Zainab Khan.

This workshop aims to show participants the process of making photo essays, writing short stories and news reports and to submit the final work to local media outlets.

REQUIREMENTS:

Each Eligible Applicant Must Be:

  • Register online and pay a $20 fee. Lunch and snack will be provided.
  • Interested in journalism and Media.
  • Committed to attending the entire workshop from 10am-5pm on March 5th, 2016;
  • High School student

FEE: $20 Includes lunch and snack Pay Here

SCHEDULE:

Morning

WHAT’S PHOTO JOURNALISM  ALL ABOUT?

David Washburn will open a discussion on photography and how it is used in contemporary journalism. We will draw lessons from successful photo essays and share how they impact viewers? We we’ll explore essential elements of photography, looking at new and old cameras, including smartphones. Students will team up to produce a short photo essay that we will review in class, learning what does / doesn’t work. Student will leave with knowledge of how to think creatively and tell a story through photography.

Afternoon

MEDIA MATTERS!

Description: Muslims and the media have had a tumultuous relationship, especially post-9/11. Now, more than ever, we need American Muslims critically engaging with and producing media. This workshop, geared towards high school  students, will prepare attendees to interact, engage, and become comfortable working with the media. We will discuss how Muslims and minority populations are presented in the media and what we can do to present our opinions and stories.

Session 1, Reflections on Islam, Muslims, and the Media

1. Basic Intros (Name, Age, HS, Something Different)
2. Two Truths & A Lie
3. Obstacle Course (Learning how to communicate)


1. Discussion Questions
a. How are Muslims portrayed in the media?
b. What is your relationship with the media? How do you consume media? What is your interaction with the media?
c. What would you like to change about how minorities/subjugated groups are presented in the media?
2. Breakout Group Activity
a. Break into small groups, have each person share an experience (positive and/or negative) they’ve had with the media
b. Discuss what politics, policies and institutions are in place that contribute to this being perpetuated in the media
3. Large Group Discussion/Takeaways
a. Share stories and insights from breakout groups
b. Takeaways we’re looking for:
i. Idea of gatekeepers (who are these people? Look for infographic)
ii. How we contribute (positively or negatively) to the media (show positive and negative examples)

Session 2, Learning to Create Media

  1. Discussion Questions
    a. What are some positive things that you or someone in your community is doing that would make a good news story? or that you would like to see on TV?
    b. How do you promote your story or your opinion? What resources are available?
  2. Learning to Storytell for Digital Media
  3. what resources are available to you?
  4. how must you think differently for every platform?
  5. Breakout Group Activity (Scenarios and Writing Exercise)

Write a profile of a business, organization, or person who is important to your community.

ii. Takeaways

1. Variety of ways to voice your opinions and to reach out to people in the media
2. Persistence/Following Up
3. Thinking Small and Big (local & national)

Wardah Khalid: Obama’s Mosque Visit

Obama’s Mosque Visit a Step Forward, But More Work Ahead

Wardah KhalidName: Wardah Khalid
Major: International Relations
School: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Year: 2013 

“I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I received the invitation to hear President Obama speak for the first time at a U.S. mosque. What would he say? Would he again tell Muslims that they were responsible for rooting out extremism, as he did after the San Bernardino shooting? Or turn it into a political opportunity to bash Republicans under the guise of denouncing Islamophobia?

To my pleasant surprise, the President did neither. In fact, he began with two words, which he said Muslim Americans don’t hear enough: ‘thank you.'”

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Recipient Maha Hilal Wins Award

East Coast Expansion Outreach Committee Chair Job Description

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (www.islamicscholarshipfund.org) is a fast growing nonprofit organization currently expanding to the East Coast with the goal to reach out to more students and to grow its network of supporters.

ISF’s mission is to address the underrepresentation of Muslims in the fields of studies and occupations that make public policy and influence public opinion. Our goal is to encourage and support Muslim students to become future lawyers, politicians, journalists, film makers, and academicians that properly represent Islam and Muslims in the US. Our services include: Academic Scholarships, Film Grants, Congressional Internships and Parent and Youth Education Workshops.

ISF is seeking an Outreach Committee Chair to lead East Coast outreach initiative in order to inform more students and community members about ISF services and programs.  The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or BA from an accredited US institution.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Three year minimum track record in fundraising, organizational and management activities.
  • US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and attend community events often held during weekends.
  • Polished presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Familiarity with Muslim non-profit organizations on the East Coast.
  • Time commitment of min 5 hours a week for a year.

The primary duties include but are not limited to the following activities:

General Duties:

  • In association with the East Coast Expansion Executive Committee Chair, leads the members of the Outreach Committee.
  • Reports directly to the East Coast Expansion Committee Chair
  • Develops and enhances processes for the procedures and protocols necessary towards the creation and implementation of successful outreach strategies in the East Coast

Event Management:

  • In association with the Executive Committee Chair and Outreach Committee Chair, organizes public and private events that “showcase” the ISF mission locally and nationally.

Annual Giving-Scholarship Sponsorship-Monthly Giving-Private Events:

  • In association with the Executive Committee Chair, create, document and implement a short and long-term outreach plan for the East Coast
  • Works with the various Development Committee members for new outreach opportunities
  • Generate new strategies and implement new and existing strategies to cultivate and maintain relationships with Islamic Centers, MSAs, students and interested individuals with the aim of growing both the ISF donor base and students who can benefit from ISF.

ISF is looking for someone who is genuinely passionate about its goals and objectives and is willing to work relentlessly for the greater good of the society.   If you have the energy, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit of building a successful entity with endless potential, this could be the right position for you.

Compensation:

This is a volunteer position to serve the greater Muslim community and help bring about long-term change.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume to Somayeh Nikooei at snikooei@IslamicScholarshipFund.org

Please include a personal statement as to what attracts you to ISF and why you are the right candidate for the position.  Please include references.

Outreach Chair Opening – East Coast

East Coast Expansion Outreach Committee Chair Job Description

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (www.islamicscholarshipfund.org) is a fast growing nonprofit organization currently expanding to the East Coast with the goal to reach out to more students and to grow its network of supporters.

ISF’s mission is to address the underrepresentation of Muslims in the fields of studies and occupations that make public policy and influence public opinion. Our goal is to encourage and support Muslim students to become future lawyers, politicians, journalists, film makers, and academicians that properly represent Islam and Muslims in the US. Our services include: Academic Scholarships, Film Grants, Congressional Internships and Parent and Youth Education Workshops.

ISF is seeking an Outreach Committee Chair to lead East Coast outreach initiative in order to inform more students and community members about ISF services and programs.  The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or BA from an accredited US institution.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Three year minimum track record in fundraising, organizational and management activities.
  • US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and attend community events often held during weekends.
  • Polished presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Familiarity with Muslim non-profit organizations on the East Coast.
  • Time commitment of min 5 hours a week for a year.

The primary duties include but are not limited to the following activities:

General Duties:

  • In association with the East Coast Expansion Executive Committee Chair, leads the members of the Outreach Committee.
  • Reports directly to the East Coast Expansion Committee Chair
  • Develops and enhances processes for the procedures and protocols necessary towards the creation and implementation of successful outreach strategies in the East Coast

Event Management:

  • In association with the Executive Committee Chair and Outreach Committee Chair, organizes public and private events that “showcase” the ISF mission locally and nationally.

Annual Giving-Scholarship Sponsorship-Monthly Giving-Private Events:

  • In association with the Executive Committee Chair, create, document and implement a short and long-term outreach plan for the East Coast
  • Works with the various Development Committee members for new outreach opportunities
  • Generate new strategies and implement new and existing strategies to cultivate and maintain relationships with Islamic Centers, MSAs, students and interested individuals with the aim of growing both the ISF donor base and students who can benefit from ISF.

ISF is looking for someone who is genuinely passionate about its goals and objectives and is willing to work relentlessly for the greater good of the society.   If you have the energy, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit of building a successful entity with endless potential, this could be the right position for you.

Compensation:

This is a volunteer position to serve the greater Muslim community and help bring about long-term change.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume to Somayeh Nikooei at snikooei@IslamicScholarshipFund.org

Please include a personal statement as to what attracts you to ISF and why you are the right candidate for the position.  Please include references.

Development Chair Opening – East Coast

 East Coast Expansion Development Committee Chair Job Description

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (www.islamicscholarshipfund.org) is a fast growing nonprofit organization currently expanding to the East Coast with the goal to reach out to more students and to grow its network of supporters.

ISF’s mission is to address the underrepresentation of Muslims in the fields of studies and occupations that make public policy and influence public opinion. Our goal is to encourage and support Muslim students to become future lawyers, politicians, journalists, film makers, and academicians that properly represent Islam and Muslims in the US. Our services include: Academic Scholarships, Film Grants, Congressional Internships and Parent and Youth Education Workshops.

ISF is seeking a Development Committee Chair to lead East Coast development initiative in order to allow ISF to expand its operations and implement its strategies.  The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or BA from an accredited US institution.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Three year minimum track record in fundraising, organizational and management activities.
  • US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and attend community events often held during weekends.
  • Polished presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Familiarity with Muslim non-profit organizations on the East Coast.
  • Time commitment of min 5 hours a week for a year.

The primary duties include but are not limited to the following activities:

General Duties:

  • In association with the East Coast Expansion Executive Committee Chair, leads the members of the Development Committee.
  • Reports directly to the East Coast Expansion Committee Chair
  • Develops and enhances processes for the procedures and protocols necessary towards the creation and implementation of successful fundraising strategies in the East Coast

Event Management:

  • In association with the Executive Committee Chair and Outreach Committee Chair , organizes public and private events that “showcase” the ISF mission locally and nationally to cultivate giving.

Annual Giving-Scholarship Sponsorship-Monthly Giving-Private Events:

  • In association with the Executive Committee Chair, create, document and implement a short and long-term fundraising business plan for the East Coast
  • Works with the various Development Committee members for new donors and sources of funding.
  • Generate new strategies and implement new and existing strategies to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, with the aim of growing both the ISF endowment as well as current spending mandates (such as zakat proceeds).
  • Understand the psychology and cycle of giving. Organize and maintain close and genuine donor relationships. Develop and help implement a strategic outreach plan for each prospect.

Major Gifts:

  • Identify, cultivate and steward “major gift” ($10,000+) donors focused on the self-sustaining model of the ISF endowment fund.
  • Identify and pursue and manage any and all potential grant source

ISF is looking for someone who is genuinely passionate about its goals and objectives and is willing to work relentlessly for the greater good of the society.   If you have the energy, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit of building a successful entity with endless potential, this could be the right position for you.

Compensation:

This is a volunteer position to serve the greater Muslim community and help bring about long-term change.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume to Somayeh Nikooei at snikooei@IslamicScholarshipFund.org

Please include a personal statement as to what attracts you to ISF and why you are the right candidate for the position.  Please include references.