Jun 23, 2020

MALA Scholarship Update

Wow, what a strange couple of months it has been!  Like many others, MALA has worked hard to find new and effective ways to serve our community in light of a global pandemic and recent social unrest in the US and elsewhere.  Much of MALA's efforts in response to these crises have involved creating and strengthening resources for the communities hit hardest, including healthcare workers, artists, freelancers, and other marginalized groups.  

As a result of this shift in programming and resources, MALA's Board of Directors has decided to temporarily delay decisions on the 2020 scholarship application cycle.  We are saddened to have had to delay this process, and have shared the news with all applicants and we look forward to being able to resume our review process later this year.  As always we are grateful for the resilience and compassion of our community.  These times which have proved complex, disheartening, transformative, and, in some senses, inspiring, and MALA is committed to standing with out community through it all.  Please check out www.MALAnational.org, or follow us on social media @MALAnational to get more updates about new programs and initiatives for Summer 2020!  


Jun 16, 2020

Virtual Storytelling!

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, MALA, like many other organizations, has been forced to reimagine our programming for virtual audiences.  Part of this process has involved findng creative and unique ways to continue to collect and share the stories of Muslim Americans.  During the months past, MALA has launched a series of webinars and virtual community discussions that have brought in a number of storytellers, ranging from professional Muslim athletes, congressional representatives, corporate innovators, and inspiring artists.  These stories have been archived on MALA's Youtube Channel, and can be viewed for free at any time. 

Additionally, MALA has begun working with StoryCorps to coordinate virtual oral history interviews to be archived in the National Library of Congress.  If you would like to sign up to have your story recorded, send us an email at stories@MALAnational.org!

During these unprecedented times, MALA is more committed than ever to finding innovative and creative ways to share and amplify the voices of Muslim Americans.  We invite you to join us in this effort, and to help us empower a new generation of storytellers.  When we share our stories, we share our communities.     


Feb 25, 2020

Our Biggest Year Yet!

Razan Mikdashi, MALA Scholarship Recipient
Razan Mikdashi, MALA Scholarship Recipient

Going into the final week of the 2019-2020 application cycle, we have received a staggering number of amazing personal essays from MALA Scholarship applicants across the country.  This year, we are set to offer more scholarship awards than ever before, thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support of our community.  If you would like to apply for a MALA scholarship, or know someone else who does, this is your chance!  The application portal will close at 11:59pm Eastern on March 1, 2020. 

We are excited to begin reviewing applications, and sharing some of the amazing stories that we've already received.  When you give to the MALA College Scholarship Project, your contribution goes directly towards helping some of this amazing individuals pursue the education of their dreams.  We are always so impressed and in awe of the experiences, perspectives, and ideas that applicants share in their stories, like Razan Mikdashi, one of last year's recipients: 

"Although my cultural identity brings my attention to certain issues and influences my perspective, it is my personal identity that defines my actions.

Through my mother and father’s stories, I empathize with women who have come forward as victims of domestic violence. Recognizing a similar reality here in the U.S., I took action by creating Project Bond, a self-defense training program that empowers high school girls in my community, both physically and mentally. As I embark on this next phase in my life, I choose to study business, a field long dominated by men.

Beyond my passion for understanding the principles that transform exciting visions into a reality, my motivation in entering this field is rooted in my cultural background. With a thirst for knowledge, a commitment to resilience and an eagerness for change, my determination to forge a new path for Arab women fuels my journey."


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