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Create Your Own Scholarship

WHAT IS THE “CREATE YOUR OWN SCHOLARSHIP” PROJECT?

“Create Your Own Scholarship” allows individuals and organizations to establish a scholarship in their name, defining the criteria aligned with ISF’s mission without having to start a non-profit or doing the heavy legal and administrative paperwork. 

Scholarships are appealing ways for mosques, individuals, families, businesses, or other groups of people to strengthen their community. Many people recognize that the key to their success in life is due to the education they received, and they want to make it possible for others to benefit from a good education. ISF makes it possible for generous, caring members of the Muslim community to support talented young Muslims who are passionate about making a difference. 

 



WHY WOULD I WANT TO ESTABLISH A SCHOLARSHIP?

There are many different motivations for establishing a scholarship. Check out the top eight reasons below. Which one applies to you?

Support Education

You personally believe in the mission of ISF and want to directly support young Muslims who are working toward achieving this shared dream of a better America for all of us by changing the narrative about Islam.

Honor a Parent or Loved One

You have a parent or loved one who is passionate about this cause and you want to give them a meaningful gift, a scholarship established in their name, that has a big impact.

Establish a Memorial for One Who’s Passed Away

You want to honor a parent, child, or loved one who was passionate about this issue, but who passed away before ever seeing these changes in the community.

Show Your Business/Org’s Commitment to the Community

You want the community to see that your business or organization gives back and cares about the issues that affect all of us, and is dedicated to supporting progress.

Support Representation in Film

The lack of accurate and equal representation of American Muslims in film and television leads to hostility and bias that hurts us all. You want to support writers & filmmakers who are changing that.

Recognize a Community Member

You want to honor a person (imam, teacher, volunteer leader, etc) who has made a big impact in your life or in the community by giving a scholarship in their name.

Help Build a Better Country for Your Children

You recognize the importance of representation and a voice in the media and public policy, and you want to do your part to ensure your children grow up in a better world.

Support Change in Public Policy

You realized the importance of having Muslims in the fields of government, law, and policy and you want to directly support students on their journey to become a voice in this arena.

Establish a Sadiqa Jariya

You want to establish an ongoing charity, a gift that keeps on giving, for yourself or a loved one to make a lasting and significant impact in this life and the next!

Support Representation in Journalism & Media

You know the harm of bias in media & journalism and you want to make a significant impact in this industry by supporting scholars who are changing the narrative.

 



WHAT ARE THE STEPS?

There are five easy steps to establishing a named scholarship and it can be done in less than ten minutes! You can read below to understand the process step-by-step.

Step One: SELECT A PROGRAM
  • A) Annual Scholarship(s)
    • Sponsor annual scholarship(s).
      • Minimum amount for scholarship sponsorship is $3,000.
      • Law scholarship start at $5,000
  • B) Endowment + Scholarship
    • Option 1: During the first year, sponsor scholarship(s) in an amount greater or equal to $3,000. Afterwards, financial contributions to the joint Scholarship program where 50% of the annual funds are awarded to students and 50% is invested in the ISF-Partner’s Endowment Fund. Minimum amount to start a scholarship program is $3,000 which will be awarded to a “qualified” student.
    • Option 2: Start a Legacy program by starting an endowment fund. Minimum contribution to initiate an endowment is $50,000. Scholarship(s) will be awarded after the first year upon accumulation of investment funds.
Step Two: CUSTOMIZE AMOUNT
  • Scholarships are $3,000 – $10,000
    • Law scholarship begin at $5,000
  • Minimum endowment funds are $50,000
Step Three: NAME SCHOLARSHIP

Donors may name the scholarship after themselves or in honor or memory of another person, family member, loved one or an organization. For example ISF-Khan Scholarship

Step Four: DEFINE CRITERIA

(We prefer to select the field and region ourselves based on the incoming applicant pool, but to value our sponsors, they will be given the option to customize their award.)

You have the choice to pick major and region/school as criteria so long as it is aligned with ISF’s mission.

Scholarship Field: Donors may decide to select a specific ISF supported major for their sponsored scholarship. For example, ISF-Khan Journalism Scholarship

Scholarship Region: Donors can choose a region where they like to award their scholarship. For example, ISF-Khan Greater Boston Region Scholarship

Step Five: SELECT PAYMENT PLAN
  • Pay in one installment
    • Scholarships: Pay in full and one installment due on May 1st of each year.
    • Endowment: Pay as soon as you can to increase the investment funds. Please contact us for more information and for how to set up your fund.
  • Select installment payments
    • We offer various payment options to make scholarship sponsorship convenient and affordable. Please contact us for more information about how to schedule your installment payments.
  • Raise donations from friends and family.
    • ISF will collect funds from donors and provide tax deductible receipts. Check Donations: Donors can send check donations to ISF. Credit Card and Electronic Fund Transfers: Sponsor will receive a unique online donation option on ISF’s website. Please click here (add link) to access the donation form.
BONUS STEP: SIT BACK & RELAX
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of offering a scholarship without going through the hassle of setting up a non-profit. You will be introduced to your sponsored student in July and will receive bi-annual updates for the first two years and annual updates afterwards.
I have some questions and would like to schedule a quick meeting with the Director to discuss my scholarship. I am ready to go! Take me to the donation form to establish my scholarship today. I’d like to read some more detailed information before I move forward.

 



WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS? 

Our goal is to select students who have a passion to influence public opinion and public policy that is impacting American Muslims. ISF will use its automated web-based application & scoring system that can process apps at scale. The ISF Selection Committee consists of experienced judges in ISF-Supported fields. Each applicant will be evaluated by two judges. For example, each journalist student will be evaluated by two journalists and each law student will be evaluated by two lawyers.

The Selection process consists of four stages:

  1. Filtering of complete applications by ISF Staff.
  2. Application Evaluation by the ISF Selection Committee.
  3. Interviews by ISF Selection Committee members.
  4. Group decision by members of the selection committee and selection of top applicants in each major category.

During the first, second and third stage of selection, applicants will go through an academic and character evaluation.

  1. The Academic scoring section includes applicant’s GPA and School Ranking scored by ISF staff and added to the final score.
  2. The Character scoring section will be evaluated by the Selection Committee and consists of the following sections:
    • Universities and Colleges Attended 
    • Employment History
    • List of Awards and Scholarships
    • Community and Service Activity
    • Essay Questions
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • Resume
    • Video introduction

The fourth stage of selection includes remote interview to evaluate the applicant’s public speaking skills, long term vision and fit for ISF’s mission.

QUESTIONS?

We appreciate the opportunity to explain our program and look forward to working with you on this project. Should you have any questions regarding sponsoring a scholarship or setting up an endowment, please contact us at contact@IslamicScholarshipFund.org or 650-995-6782.

 



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How much does it cost to establish a scholarship?
    Minimum amount for scholarship sponsorship is $3,000. Minimum for a law scholarship sponsorship is $5,000. Minimum to sponsor an endowment fund is $50,000.
  • Is the scholarship continuous?
    Yes. Most sponsors truly enjoy seeing the incredible work of the scholars they support and decide to renew the scholarship to fund a new applicant each year, thus spreading their impact and ensuring it grows and compounds with each new scholarship season. However, you have the option to opt-out of renewal if you do not wish to continue your sponsorship the following year. 
  • What is the criteria for a scholarship recipient?
    • Muslim or active member of the Muslim community;
    • Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by the Fall semester;
    • Majoring in an ISF supported major; Supported Field details
    • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average;
    • A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.;
    • An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD).
  • Can I choose the scholarship recipient?
    In order to maintain fairness and consistency in our selection process, all recipients must undergo ISF’s stringent selection process and be chosen based upon their ranking as explained in the selection process section above. (add bookmark link)
  • Can I split the cost of the scholarship with someone else?
    Yes! It is very common for families to combine resources to fund a scholarship in a parent’s name, or a school to pool funds to sponsor a scholarship in the name of a teacher or administrator, even volunteer groups, mosques, and organizations sometimes collect and pool funds to set-up an honorary scholarship in someone’s name. Please reach out to us for more info on how to share the cost of a scholarship fund. 
  • Can I see the agreement for the scholarship fund?
    Yes! You can view an example of the agreement here. (Add link)
  • Do you have a flyer or brochure I can print out to post or share?
    Yes. Please see our 1-page flyer here (add link) and our brochure here (add link).
  • Do you have a printable version of the application form?
    Yes. You can download a printable version here (add link). Once completed, please send the form along with a check to: 
  • Islamic Scholarship Fund
    1935A Addison St
    Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Who do I make the check out to?
    Make checks payable to: Islamic Scholarship Fund. Include in the Memo: Name of your scholarship.
    Mail checks along with the completed application form (add link) to:
  • Islamic Scholarship Fund
    1935A Addison St
    Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Can I complete this process online?
    Yes. You do not need to print and mail anything and scheduling a call with the Program Director is not required. To complete the entire process online in just a few minutes, click here (add donation form link). 
  • I have questions, how can I reach you?
    We appreciate the opportunity to explain our program and look forward to working with you on this project. Should you have any questions regarding sponsoring a scholarship or setting up an endowment, please contact us at contact@IslamicScholarshipFund.org or 650-995-6782.
I have some questions and would like to schedule a quick meeting with the Director to discuss my scholarship. I am ready to go! Take me to the donation form to establish my scholarship today. I’d like to read some more detailed information before I move forward.