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 2017.
Amount of Each Award: $2,500
Number of Awards: 1
Application Opens: October 14, 2017
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Disbursement of Funds: Winter, 2019
Award Date: October 6, 2018
- 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 2018. 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 uploaded directly to us here
- Complete the scholarship application form by March 15, 2018
- 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
- Please note, only files uploaded as a PDF will be accepted
- Maturity and commitment to their studies
- Motivation to be engaged meaningfully in the Muslim community, Canada and the world at large