School: Harvard Law School
Sponsor: CAIR Bay Area
Osama Shabaik is currently pursuing his JD at Harvard University’s law school. He graduated as a Regents Scholar with honors from UC Irvine in June 2010 with a Bachelors in Economics and a Bachelors in International Studies with a focus on Africa/Middle East. His honors thesis topic discussed the application of principles of Islamic economics within the global economy, specifically in regards to the economic crisis. Osama was also active outside the classroom while being part of the Muslim Student Union all four years of his undergrad, serving first as the MSU’s Treasurer and later as its Vice President. Osama was the first student that stood up and spoke out during Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at UC Irvine on February 8, 2010.
Osama’ Message to Supporters:
It truly is an honor to be accepted into the ISF family which includes so many well accomplished individuals who are at the forefront of bringing positive social change. I hope to be able to live up to the high standard set by other ISF scholarship recipients by combining my law degree with community activism. Having this scholarship available helps make that dream a possibility by lowering the need for student loans that often force those of us in the legal industry to take high paying jobs that have little social benefit. Your contribution to the ISF goes a long way in helping us reach our goal of cementing a Muslim American legacy rooted in our social justice activism.
Osama graduated in 2016.