Aug 16, 2019

Gearing up for 2020 Scholarships!

In the past year, MALA has awarded over $8,000 is scholarships to emerging young leaders across the country.  As we gear up to begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cycle, MALA is working hard to raise funds to offer scholarship opportunities to even more young people. We believe that education is the most powerful resource that we can offer to developing leaders and thinkers; MALA is committed to optimizing philanthropy and ensuring access to education for the next generation of Muslim leaders.  

On November 7th, MALA will host our 4th Annual Gala to raise funds for the MALA Scholarship Program.  In years past this program has been sustained by the kindness and generosity of our donors, and we hope that we will be able to rely on that same generosity and kindness as we continue to expand the Scholarship Program and create new avenues for learning, innovation, and self-expression in our own communities.  Together, with your support, MALA seeks to contribute to an American society in which our differences are cherished, our unique identities are celebrated, and our future leaders are nurtured and well-prepared to tackle the difficult task of making the world a better place. 
May 31, 2019

Celebrating Heritage Through Journeys

The Muslim American Journeys project began with the vision of creating a platform for American Muslims to share their stories in their own words and on their own terms.  The project is open to anyone who identifies as Muslim, or as having Muslim heritage to share their stories, and have their experiences archived in the National Library of Congress.

MALA's Muslim American Journeys story collection currently exceeds 500 unique stories, with more being added all the time.  In fact, just in the past few months, we have added 50 new stories as a part of our MALA Scholarship Program.  MALA's story collection reflects the diverse and intersectional plethora of identities, individuals, and experiences that make up America's Muslim communities.  
MALA has also worked to initiate inclusive grassroots community events in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and beyond.  MALA's programming seeks to bring people together to learn, discuss, and reflect on heritage, culture, tradition, and the things that connect us.  This year we have hosted a plethora of events ranging from an expert panel on FGM hosted in conjunction with the UNCSW, to a Nowruz Global Festival with Shiraz Wine experts in Chicago, to a screening of the film, RBG featuring a discussion with the filmmakers in New York.  We look forward to hosting more exciting programming, and growing our community through cutting-edge arts and culture programming.
By supporting MALA, you help us to continue building and curating this collection, you help us to continue expanding our platform to reach more communities, and, you empower us to deepen our mission in ways that build stability, cohesion, and inclusivity in American society.    
May 20, 2019

MALA Scholarship Program

This year, MALA Awarded over $8,000 in scholarships to 16 inspiring, thoughtful, and ambitious rising leaders across the country. Our scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 application cycle represent a diversity of nationalities, ethnicities, and identities, and we are proud to say that the majority of recipients were women. This pool of scholarship recipients reflects MALA’s mission to empower and spotlight the stories of American Muslims of all backgrounds and identities, and we are proud to assist these brilliant individuals in their quest for higher education.


Since last year, our scholarship program has grown significantly: this year we received twice as many entries, and were able to offer scholarships to twice as many individuals as in the previous year. This growth is thanks to the generosity of the Khan Memorial Fund, the Dr. Fawaz Kannout Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Dr. Iyengar Family Fund, as well as contributions from individual donors. As we prepare to open up applications for 2019-2020 in the Fall, we hope you will help us to continue this growth, as we strive to build resources and help secure opportunities for emerging leaders from Muslim American communities to grow and thrive.      


You can find a see the complete list of 2018-2019 scholarship recipients on MALA’s website; you can read the complete essays in the Muslim American Journeys Story Collection, to learn more about the MALA Scholarship Program application, click here.


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