Major: Animation Degree: M.F.A. School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Sponsor: Hashmi Family
Message to Supporters: I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this scholarship. I am grateful to God and all those involved who facilitated this organization which supports thoughtful and creative Muslim contributors to our community and the broader American landscape.
I am a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin where I obtained a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a Certification Digital Arts and Media. When I realized that my passion and talents are in Film and Animation, I decided to pursue my M.F.A. degree in Animation through Savannah College of Art and Design. Scholarships and grants such as those afforded by ISF will assist me in continuing my education in the field of my passion. With this education I hope to create meaningful and inspiring stories for young Muslim Americans, presented through a medium young people relate to and enjoy. Through these visual stories, I hope to strengthen the young Muslim identity and provide narratives to help them navigate their intersectional experience of being Muslim here in the West. Such a medium should also offer the broader American public glimpses into Islamic life. I ask for your prayers in this endeavor.
Bio: Huda Abdul-Razzak is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a Certification in Digital Arts and Media, Huda decided to pursue her newly-realized passion in Animation and Film. Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Texas, Huda has always been a committed member of her Muslim communities, working with local mosques and Muslim organizations to support their efforts to strengthen the American Muslim community. In 2009, Huda took on a position at CAIR where she worked to facilitate the organization’s involvement in the Muslim community and local area. During this time, she also worked on several short films for Muslim organizations to create awareness of their local projects. In 2012, she began an advanced studies degree in Character Animation through Animation Mentor. Shortly after her to move to Chicago in 2014, she and her husband were commissioned to write a children’s picture book for the Salaam Reads imprint at Simon & Schuster, scheduled for a future release. In 2017, Huda began a graduate program through Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to further develop her skills and knowledge in animation and film. With her education, she hopes to eventually produce high quality animated content that will inspire young Muslims and also reflect a more sincere image of the Muslim American community to the broader public. Huda hopes to one day use her talents and knowledge to teach a next generation of animation filmmakers.