MALA Scholarship Program

“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