Universal Academy Islamic School (UAIS)


Islamic Society of North America is pleased to announce the following scholarships and fellowships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States:

Application cycle for all programs is: September 1 - February 1   

All award recipients for the 2014-15 academic year have been notified.
New applications for 2015-16 will start early September - February 1, 2015

Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship
Given his strong belief in the value education, Dr. Shakir arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support freshmen students in their first year of higher education

  • Twenty Students Awarded $1000 Each
  • Any Field of Study

LEARN MORE: Find further information and download application materials.

Dr. Abdus Saleem Family Scholarship
The Dr. Abdus Saleem Family Scholarship was established due to Dr. Saleem’s firm belief in the value of education

  • Five Students Awarded $10,000 Each
  • Majoring in the areas, but not limited to, medical technology, oil and energy, computer science, journalism, or business administration.

LEARN MORE: Find further information and download application materials.

Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship
Given his strong belief to have a generation of educated Muslims to speak out and communicate the true meaning of Islam in all types of media, the Jamaluddin family arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support five students each year throughout their education in the fields of Journalism and Political Science.

  • Ten Awards of $4000
  • Journalism or Political Science

LEARN MORE: Find further information and download application materials.



MU Tour and Fundraising Event in Columbia, MO. 



Student Participants from left to right: Maryam H., Marwa, Akila, Maryan B.,

Kauthar, Osama, Shakur, Ise, Imran, and Khalid.

Not pictured: Maymunah A.



The Universal Academy Islamic School (UAIS) in conjunction with The Foundation for Diversity and Development in Education teamed up to provide a tour at the University of Missouri (MU) and fund-raising event in the Islamic Center of Columbia, Missouri.  Eleven 10th  through 12th  grade students visited the University of Missouri at Columbia under the supervision of Sheikh Mohamed Elhewizy, Quran Instructor; Dr. Victorie Hollwell,Superintendant; and Sr. Zeni Azlan, Assistant Principal/ 9-12th grade math teacher.  Two students were selected as the group ansars – Akila Hollwell and Osama Al-Saleh.  The day began with a complimentary buffet lunch offered by the University of Missouri followed by Jum'ah prayer at the Columbia masjid. The khutbah was delivered by Sheikh Mohamed Elhewizy in Arabic and translated in English by UAIS senior, Osama Al-Saleh. After the khutbah, Sheikh Mohamed Elhewizy discussed the importance of Islamic education and the need for communities to support Islamic schools.  UAIS students then circulated donation boxes among the congregation.  

The students returned to the university for a tour of the campus and an admissions 
presentation. The students reported that they were impressed by the school, the tour guides, and the recruitment. Next, the students were transported to the Howard Johnson hotel where they had a minuscule amount of time to check in, wash up before dinner at T.G.I.  Friday’s, and return to the masjid for a community lecture provided by UAIS long time supporter and visiting imam, Dr. Ahmed El-Sherif.  The total amount collected during the khutbah and lecture was about $7,000!  The students represented UAIS well, Alhamdullilah, and their final words were, “Thank you, we had a great time; what Islamic community and college will we visit next?”

Respectfully submitted,
Dr. Victorie J. Hollwell (Superintendent)



Harvard University Announcement: No Tuition and No Student Loans


Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor
student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay
the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on
undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for
free... no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making
less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at:
http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ or call the school's financial aid  office at (617) 495-1581.