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Local Donors Establish "Islamic Community Building Opportunities Scholarship" Open to All Eligible Montgomery College Students

Four donors from the Islamic community pledged $34,000 over five years for this scholarship

The Montgomery College Foundation announced the establishment of the Islamic Community Building Opportunities Scholarship. Four donors from the Islamic community have pledged $34,000 over five years to establish the scholarship. Any Montgomery College student who meets the criteria is eligible for the scholarship, regardless of religion or background.

This scholarship will support students of all backgrounds who:

  1. Demonstrate financial need.
  2. Are committed to increasing the representation of Islamic individuals in postsecondary education.

In addition:

  • Students who are currently participating in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program are preferred for this scholarship, but it is not required.
  • DREAMers, DACA, undocumented, or international students are also eligible.

The donors’ aim is to increase college enrollment among young people in the Islamic community, including among new immigrant families for whom English is not their first language.

“We just felt like we want to be a community of giving, and charity is one of our core principles. Instead of trying to do everything on our own, we trust Montgomery College to establish a scholarship that everyone has access to. This scholarship is open to everyone,” said Thameem Khan, one of four founding donors to the Islamic Community Building Opportunities Scholarship. The other donors are the A & A Family Charitable Gift Fund, led by Aamir Saleem; Asim Shafiq; and Ali Khan.

“As a former (and proud) Montgomery College student myself, this was an opportunity to support others in a journey similar to mine, one of continued personal growth and higher education,” said Ali Khan

To apply for this scholarship for fall 2023, students can complete their general scholarship application at by June 30 and then apply for the Islamic Community Building Opportunities Scholarship at

To donate to the Islamic Community Building Scholarship, as well as other scholarships and programs, visit the Montgomery College Foundation donation webpage.