Maimoona Wasi Ahmed, mother to nine children and grandmother to forty grandchildren, was an ardent advocate of higher education for those who had the potential but not the means to pursue it. Her own life reflected her drive to educate. She was privately a poet and writer, publishing in notable Pakistani women’s literary magazines. She had dreamed of becoming a doctor but was unable to due to financial necessities (of note a granddaughter and grandson are now physicians). She was incredibly well-read on a wide-range of topics from history to science to religion, and passed this love of knowledge onto her children and grandchildren.
Maimoona Wasi was instrumental in the education of numerous young peoples in Pakistan, many of whom went onto pursue stellar professional or academic careers. She provided for these often destitute children, while also working within her community to combat poverty.
Her many descendants, who have taken on her ideals of community service and rigorous academic education have created this scholarship to honour her legacy.
The Maimoona Wasi Memorial University/College All Star Scholarship is meant to reward excellence in academics and community involvement, for those in financial need.
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students in university or college in Canada, as of September 2018. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated excellence in two or more of any combination of academics, athletics, business, religion, or ethics.
Number of Awards: 1
Application Opens: October 14, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Disbursement of Funds: Winter 2019
Award Date: Fall 2018
- Self identify as Muslim
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Have attained an overall average of 80% or higher in university/college, calculated from a valid transcript
- Be enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution as of September 2018
- Demonstrate involvement in volunteer initiatives that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society at large
- Demonstrate involvement and leadership in extra-curricular activities
- 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.
- 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 mentorship and learning.
- If required, reference letters can be uploaded directly to us here
- Complete the scholarship application form by March 1, 2018
- Fill out application in full including essay questions
- Include documents providing proof of citizenship or permanent residency
- 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 successfully awarded a scholarship, provide a proof of enrolment for post-secondary studies in the future
- 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