Maimoona Wasi Ahmed Memorial University/College All Star Scholarship 2017-04-04T10:54:46+00:00

Project Description

Maimoona Wasi Ahmed, mother to nine children and grandmother to forty grandchildren, was an ardent advocate of higher education for those who had the potential but not the means to pursue it. Her own life reflected her drive to educate. She was privately a poet and writer, publishing in notable Pakistani women’s literary magazines. She had dreamed of becoming a doctor but was unable to due to financial necessities (of note a granddaughter and grandson are now physicians). She was incredibly well-read on a wide-range of topics from history to science to religion, and passed this love of knowledge onto her children and grandchildren.

Maimoona Wasi was instrumental in the education of numerous young peoples in Pakistan, many of whom went onto pursue stellar professional or academic careers. She provided for these often destitute children, while also working within her community to combat poverty.

Her many descendants, who have taken on her ideals of community service and rigorous academic education have created this scholarship to honour her legacy.

The Maimoona Wasi Memorial University/College All Star Scholarship is meant to reward excellence in academics and community involvement, for those in financial need.

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students in university or college in Canada, as of September 2017. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated excellence in two or more of any combination of academics, athletics, business, religion, or ethics.


To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

Amount of Each Award: $2,500

Number of Awards: 1

Application Opens: November 1, 2016

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Disbursement of Funds: Winter, 2018

Award Date: October 14, 2017

Applicants must:

  • Self identify as Muslim
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have attained an overall average of 80% or higher in university/college, calculated from a valid transcript
  • Be enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution as of September 2017
  • Demonstrate involvement in volunteer initiatives that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society at large
  • Demonstrate involvement and leadership in extra-curricular activities
  • Averages are not rounded-up for scholarship purposes
  • Applicants who have been short-listed as finalists for the scholarship will be notified by email or phone in late May
  • If you are short listed as a finalist for the scholarship, you will take part in an interview process before a panel of judges some time between May and July 2017. More details about the interview process will be emailed to the finalists.
  • All winners of scholarships are entitled to the monetary award and are expected to contribute to the community by volunteering on the MAX Executive for the following year, which equates to approximately 50 hours of volunteer service over a full year. Through this, we hope to encourage meaningful engagement among our scholarship winners with MAX and the community at large while providing young Muslims with opportunities for mentorship and learning.
  • If required, reference letters can be emailed directly to
Applicants must:

  • Email their application to by March 31st, 2017
  • Fill out application in full including essay questions
  • Include documents providing proof of citizenship or permanent residency
  • Include two signed reference letters (within last 12 months). One must be an academic reference and the other one community service. References from family members will not be accepted.
  • Upload unofficial transcript for courses taken to date (a photocopy or printout is acceptable at time of application); if short-listed as a finalist, a final official transcript must be provided by your school
  • Include documents such as those demonstrating hours of community service
  • Include copies of any awards, letters of excellence, or other authorized documents demonstrating excellence
  • If successfully awarded a scholarship, provide a proof of enrolment for post-secondary studies in the future

Emphasize the applicant’s:

  • Maturity and commitment to their studies
  • Motivation to be engaged meaningfully in the Muslim community, Canada and the world at large
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  1. Please download the scholarship form(s) associated with the scholarship(s) you are applying for and save the fill-in PDF form on your computer.
  2. Please note: You may apply to as many scholarships as you are eligible for, but only one MAX Scholarship will be awarded per finalist.
  3. Once completed, please email along with all other required documents to
  4. All applications must be emailed to by the deadline date. Scanned or mailed applications will not be accepted. Applications must be complete upon submission in order to be processed and assessed.
  5. Please note that the application process for the 2017 MAX Maimoona Wasi Ahmed Memorial University/College All Star Scholarship will commence on November 1st, 2016. Potential candidates will have the opportunity to submit their completed applications through the Max Website starting on this date through March 31st, 2017. To help manage application volume, the MAX Gala team will commence evaluation of submitted applications as early as February 28th, 2017 and will continue do so on a rolling basis through the application submission deadline on March 31st, 2017.
  6. While candidates should prioritize submitting complete and quality applications, we encourage all candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
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