Dr. Hind A. Al-Abadleh is a Professor of Chemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario. She completed her BSc degree in Chemistry with Honours at the United Arab Emirates University, PhD degree in physical chemistry at the University of Iowa, and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University. Since joining Laurier in 2005, she demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities as an award-winning scientist, mentor and role model for female academics and students in the physical sciences. She is currently a Board Member of Nano Ontario, Vice-Chair of the Environment Division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and Science Advisor for Students for Sustainability. She served as the Associate Director of Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science from 2012-2015. Al-Abadleh is a firm believer in the role that academic professors play in engaging with the public on issues related to science, role of ethics in addressing pressing environmental issues, and the importance of human diversity to creative enterprises in scientific research. She is regularly invited to speak on these topics to youth, university-level, community and senior groups. In recognition of her professional accomplishments and community engagement, Al-Abadleh is the recipient of MAX Platinum Award of Excellence, Canadian Arab to Watch by the Canadian Arab Institute, and Women Who Inspire Award by the K-W Coalition of Muslim Women.


Open to all graduate students, who are enrolled in a Masters or PhD Chemistry program as of September 2017. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated significant achievement in Chemistry.
Amount of Each Award: $2,500

Number of Awards: 1

Application Opens: [ApplicationOpens]

Application Deadline: [ApplicationDeadline]

Disbursement of Funds: [DisbursementOfFunds]

Award Date: [AwardDate]

Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as Muslim
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be female
  • Be enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution in a Masters or PhD Chemistry program
  • Demonstrate significant achievements in Chemistry including, but not limited to: High marks with distinction, publications in academic journals, conference presentations, Mentorship of undergraduate students in research and teaching labs
  • Demonstrate involvement in extra-curricular activities at their post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate involvement in activities that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society
  • 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 2018. 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 additionally 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 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 [ApplicationDeadline]
  • Fill out application in full including essay questions
  • Include documents providing proof of citizenship or permanent residency
  • Include three signed reference letters (within last 12 months). One must be an academic reference, the second community service and the third a reference letter that supports a significant achievement in chemistry. 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, including copies of key publications
  • 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
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