The Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM) in cooperation with Students Islamic Trust, New Delhi and Chennai (Tamil Nadu), completed the distribution of its 2003 scholarships in December 2003. Monthly Scholarships were distributed to 60 students in Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal and Tamil Nadu.
Called the A.I.M Special Scholarships, the Students Islamic Trust, published advertisements in Muslim community newspapers and asked principals of Muslim high/higher secondary schools and colleges to recommend names.
Advertisements were published in August 03 in the newspaper Dawat of New Delhi and Saaz-e-Deccan of Hyderabad. About 150 applications were received from Muslim students of classes IX, X, XI, XII in UP and
Uttranchal. Of these, 41 students (29 girls, 12 boys) were awarded scholarships. Most of these students have previously received between 60% to 90% marks, but their family incomes are not adequate to support their education.
Scholarships to Class IX, X students are Rs 400 per month. Scholarships to Class XI, XII students are Rs 500 per month. Another 10 scholarships of Rs 5,000 each (one time) were awarded to Muslim students who have completed higher secondary school and are enrolled in coaching classes, preparing to sit in competitive examinations for Engineering and Medical colleges. This is to pay for the
Coaching Class fees.
In Tamil Nadu, 20 scholarships were awarded to students (boys and girls) of Jamal Mohammad College and Aiman College for women, both located in Trichurapalli. Most of these students are studying science courses.
A I M sincerely hopes that this effort may contribute to Indian Muslim students acquiring good education, be
successful in completing meaningful education, and obtain good jobs.
A I M thanks all who gave donations to our Education Fund, that enabled us to distribute these scholarships. we also appeal to all to give us their generous donations so that we can increase the number of scholarships to Muslim students in India.
Kaleem Kawaja, AIM, Silver Spring
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