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How Do You Apply for Muslim Scholarships?

There are scholarships for Muslim students studying in the U.S.  Muslim scholarships are funds beyond federal aid and may offset the cost of a college degree. 

Some awards are for Muslim students pursuing a specific major. You could be studying finance, economics or math. 

There are also general scholarships that support higher education, regardless of major. These may go to Muslim students who show a high level of financial need. There are also merit awards that go to students with high grades, talent or community service. 

Muslim women may also find scholarships that they qualify for. Muslim scholarships may offset college expenses such as tuition, fees and expenses.

The Islamic Scholarship Fund provides merit based scholarships to active members of the Islam community. The award ranges between $2,000 to $10,000. Eligible applicants must be a full time undergrad junior/senior or graduate student. To apply, you must submit an application, essay, resume, school transcripts, letters of recommendation, video intro and work samples.

What are the Benefits of a College Scholarship for Islamic Students?

Scholarships for Muslim students are a good option to make college more affordable. There are several colleges, nonprofits and local organizations who may support a Muslim student’s college education.

Islam is the world’s second-largest religion after Christianity. According to Pew Research, Muslims are the fastest growing religious group in the world. There are also about 3.45 million Muslims of all ages in the U.S. That’s about 1.1% of the U.S. population.    

When it comes to paying for college, Muslim students face a few challenges. One is the rising cost of college which is around $28,123 in 2018-2019 at four year public schools according to the NCES.  

Another is that the financial concept of interest based loans (‘riba’ in Arabic) or usury is not allowed within basic Islamic teachings. As such, taking out a student loan is not an option for those who adhere to faith and tradition. However, Muslim scholarships are not student loans. You do not need to pay back a scholarship as long as you abide by the terms. 

List of Muslim Scholarships

There are 30 awards worth $61K below. Apply now to our list of scholarships for Muslim students.

Dr. Ilyas Ba-Yunus Award

The Dr. Ilyas Ba-Yunus Award Scholarships will be given to students exhibiting a strong commitment to Islamic activism, involvement in their MSA or local equivalent Islamic organization, concern for the American Muslim community, and outstanding academic goals and achievements. Learn more and apply today!

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: June 14

Naziruddin Ali Award For Excellence

MSA National is a non-profit organization that strives to facilitate networking, educating, and empowering the students of today to be citizens of tomorrow’s community. To achieve these goals, MSA National organizes dozens of events and programs annually. The Naziruddin Ali Award honors its namesake. Learn more and apply today!

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: June 14

Amana Mutual Funds Scholarship

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) aims to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam. They offer a wide range of scholarships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States.

Total: $2500

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 15

Fadel Education Foundation Grant

Only non-incarcerated Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. The selection of successful candidates for awards is based on a combination of need and merit. Grant selections are completed by mid-July. You will not be notified. You must check the website to see if you received an award.

Total: $3500

Awards: 10

Deadline: May 31

Plainfield Muslim Women for Better Society Scholarship

The Plainfield Muslim Women for Better Society Scholarship is available for One Plainfield High School senior and one full-time Indianapolis Islamic High School senior. A minimum of 20 hours of community service is required. Applicants must major in a field related to human services. Click here to learn more and apply today!

Total: $1000

Awards: 2


Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Scholarship

The Islamic Society of North America is pleased to have been selected by Dr. Hamid Sheikh to host an endowment dedicated to a scholarship in Islamic Studies and/or Journalism the name of his mother Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh. Applicant must be a Muslim, an Islamic Studies or journalism major, and have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Total: $1500

Awards: 1

Deadline: April 30