Deep Roots Project 2018-01-16T20:58:17+00:00


What challenges lie before Muslims worldwide? What will it take to sustain our communities in the face of these challenges?
We need youth to be strong, proud, and knowledgeable Agents of Change who can stand up for justice and build healthy, thriving, communities.


The Deep Roots Project exists to nurture the leaders of the future through a series of leadership training opportunities.
We cultivate 5 essential “Roots” of leadership in youth participants: Heritage, Sincerity, Service, Self-Respect, & Vision


Many leadership programs emphasize outward traits like efficiency and eloquence that aren’t sustainable without first establishing the deep roots needed to achieve impactful leadership.

We nurture the roots that make youth steadfast and enduring.


Youth Attend the Deep Roots Retreat

Youth attend a meticulously organized retreat in Andalusia, Spain that will empower them with Islamic Tarbiya, an inspiriting knowledge of Islamic history, as well as leadership and community development skills. Youth are moved through a process that includes engagement, reflection, education, development and action.

The daily programme includes prayer, educational sessions, activities, visits to historic sites, and social bonding. Leadership and service opportunities are integrated with the programme.

The programme is coordinated by Andalucian Routes and the Deep Roots Team. The team and mentors will lead the youth through the programme.


Participants can engage in the following opportunities to demonstrate active leadership:

1 – Deliver a Deep Roots workshop in their home city
2 – Practice a year of Service in their home city
3 – Participate in a Deep Roots Internship in Spain (Summer, 2019)
4 – Attend the Deep Roots Summit in Spain (August, 2019)

For more information:


Andalucian Routes will award a Deep Routes Leadership scholarship to a high school, university or college student aged 14 - 19 in Canada (as of September 2018) who has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, business, religion, or ethics. The objective of this award is 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: 2

Application Opens: October 14, 2017

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 - Applications closed

Disbursement of Funds: Winter 2018

Award Date: October 6, 2018

Tour Dates: TBA

Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as Muslim
  • Ages: 14 – 19 years old
  • Have Canadian Status: Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate Academic Excellence: Demonstrate academic excellence as measured by an applicant’s GPA and class grade average. A candidate must have attained an overall average of 80% or higher in high school, or in university/college, calculated from a valid transcript.
  • Demonstrate Excellence in Community Service: Eligible applicants will have a proven track record of community service and involvement in activities that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society at large
  • Demonstrate Excellence in Extra-Curricular Interests: Eligible applicants will be involved in a variety of extra-curricular interests and will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of these interests. Categories could include but are not limited to sports, art of any form, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, mentorship etc.
  • 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 sometime between May and July. More details about the interview process will be emailed to the finalists in May
  • 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 award, which consists of roundtrip airfare, accommodation and tour tickets for the recipient. The scholarship has no cash value and cannot be transferred for a monetary award. Winners 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 uploaded directly to us here
Applicants must:

  • Complete the scholarship application form by March 1, 2018 - Applications closed
  • 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 short-listed as a finalist, provide a proof of enrollment in post-secondary studies
  • Please note, only files uploaded as a PDF will be accepted

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
Scholarship Application Form

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  1. Please complete the scholarship application form
  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. All applications must be completed online 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.
  4. While candidates should prioritize submitting complete and quality applications, we encourage all candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
Scholarship Application Form