Walied & Deena Soliman All Star Achievement Scholarship for Learning Disabilities 2017-04-04T10:45:35+00:00

Project Description

Walied Soliman is a Toronto based lawyer and partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Walied’s deepest commitment is to his family. He and his wife Deena reside in Toronto with their children. Deena was the driving force behind the creation of their three scholarships. Her passion to help those that have been marginalized radiates into different projects within the Muslim community and beyond. An example of her commitment is felt annually by the Muslim community in the Regent Park area, where she undertakes an annual fundraising drive.

Both Walied and Deena believe that the purpose of true success is to give back to others. Despite their very busy schedules, they are passionate about mentoring youth. It is their hope that the scholarships that they have donated will serve to help youth on their journey towards greater excellence.

Open to all high-school students in Grade 12 as of September 2016.


To recognize and reward students who have demonstrated perseverance in the face of a learning disability enabling them to do well in their academics while contributing to their school and/or community.

Amount of Each Award: $2,500

Number of Awards: 1

Application Opens: December 19, 2016

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Disbursement of Funds: Winter, 2018

Award Date: October 14, 2017

Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as Muslim
  • Be enrolled in grade 12
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Have a learning disability identified by a psychologist or a medical doctor (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia)
  • Have attained an overall average of 70% or higher from Grade 9 to current Grade (12), calculated from a valid high- school transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities at school and/or demonstrate involvement in volunteer initiatives that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society at large
  • The learning disability shared in the application process will remain confidential and will not be announced at the MAX gala.
  • Averages are not rounded-up for scholarship purposes
  • All courses must be completed before starting post-secondary studies
  • 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. During this interview process, you will be asked to provide proof of your learning disability (e.g., Individual Education Plan (IEP), psychologist assessment).
  • More details about the interview process will be emailed to the finalists.
  • If you are short-listed as a finalist for the scholarship, you will also be expected to attend the Annual MAX Gala where you will be briefly announced and profiled as a finalist
  • 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 mentor-ship and learning.
  • If required, reference letters can be emailed directly to scholarships@maxgala.com

Applicants must:

  • Email their application to scholarships@maxgala.com by March 31st, 2017
  • Fill out application in full including essay questions
  • Include documents providing proof of citizenship or permanent residency
  • Include one signed reference letter (within last 12 months). The reference letter can be either based on academics or community service. References from family members will not be accepted.
  • Include unofficial transcript for courses taken till date (a photocopy or printout is acceptable at time of application). For grade 12 courses, please include marks at interim; 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 short-listed as a finalist, provide a proof of enrolment in post-secondary studies

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 scholarships@maxgala.com
  4. All applications must be emailed to scholarships@maxgala.com 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 Walied and Deena Soliman All Star Achievement Scholarship for Learning Disabilities will commence on December 19th, 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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