Deep Roots Project 2018-12-09T10:53:15+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.

Award Value: $3,000 (not a monetary scholarship)

Number of Awards: 2

Application Opens: December 1, 2018

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Disbursement of Funds: Winter 2019

Award Date: October 5, 2019

Tour Dates: TBA

Applicants Must:

  • Be between the age of 14  and 19
  • Self-identify as Muslim
  • Be enrolled in grade 12
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Have attained an overall average of 80% or higher from Grade 9 to current Grade (12), calculated from a valid high-school transcript
  • Intend to enroll in a recognized post-secondary institution in Fall 2019
  • Demonstrate involvement and leadership in extra-curricular activities at school
  • Demonstrate involvement in volunteer initiatives that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society
  • The Deep Roots Scholarship is not a monetary award. The award is valued at $3,000 which covers the cost of the trip + tour+ flight and accommodation
  • 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 you will be invited to a panel interview between May and July 2019. More details about the interview process will be emailed at a later time.
  • If you are a winner of the scholarship, you will also be expected to attend the Scholarship Reception (date to be confirmed at a later point) where you will be profiled as a winner, and the Annual MAX Gala on October 5, 2019.
  • All winners are also expected to contribute 50 hours of volunteer service with MAX the following 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 February 28, 2019
  • Fill out application in full including essay questions
  • Include documents providing proof of citizenship or permanent residency or protected person status (drivers license is not accepted)
  • 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.
  • 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 copies of any awards, letters of excellence, or other authorized documents demonstrating excellence
  • If successfully awarded a scholarship, provide proof of enrolment for post-secondary studies
  • Please note, PDFs of all documents are preferred
Scholarship Application Form

Apply Now!

  1. Please complete the scholarship application form
  2. Please note: You may apply to up to 4 scholarship categories, 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.
Scholarship Application Form