MALA Scholarship Program

The 2018 Application is now closed. Please click here to view this year’s MALA Scholarship Recipients. Applications will re-open for 2019 in Fall of 2018. Please check back then!

“Muslim American Journeys” Scholarship Contest

To help nurture a new generation of leaders, the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) has launched the “Muslim American Journeys Scholarship Contest.” MALA strives to make higher education a priority, enabling emerging leaders to pursue higher education. The contest aims to empower scholarship winners to contribute to the diverse fabric of American society.

Scholarships: $1,000 grand prize, $500 second prize, 6 third prizes of $250 each

Application: To apply, submit a short essay (400-1000 words) describing your individual journey under one of the following themes:

  • Identity: How do you choose to define yourself? What experiences have shaped your individual identity journey? How has your identity evolved?
  • Freedom: How do you navigate America’s open society with its inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
  • Immigration: What did you leave behind when you came to America? How you are seizing opportunities to live in freedom in America?

Deadline: December 1, 2017 (winners announced by January 31, 2018)

To apply, you must be:

  • A United States residents with a story to share
  • At least 18 years old
  • Enrolled in (or planning to attend in the next year) a college or university in the United States (undergraduates and graduate students both welcome)

Submit Your Application Short Essay at


MALA Scholarship Application Form


*By submitting this entry, I agree that the submitted essay is my own original work and that the information I have provided in my application is truthful and accurate. I hereby grant MALA the right to reprint my essay and photograph on its website as part of the “Muslim American Journeys” project and in any other print or online publication it chooses. Read our full Terms of Service here. *