Scholarship

Committees work with CWSC governance, operations, and administrative personnel and are essential to helping CWSC effectively manage and continually improve its operations. Whether it’s developing and executing comprehensive funding programs or conducting internal audits and training, both standing and ad hoc committees are volunteers performing vital roles in helping CWSC not only sustain its operations but perform at the highest level of excellence and accountability.

Committee Description

• Designs and publishes program guidelines and eligibility requirements and administers CWSC’s College Scholarship programs.

• Recommends Scholarship award value, type, name and selection criteria for CWSC student volunteers and interns enrolled in an accredited college or university.

• Promotes the CWSC Scholarship program and selects outstanding student volunteers for annual scholarship awards with inputs from team and committee leaders, governance and administration.

• Coordinates award budget with the finance department and award presentations with Town Hall and Event Planning Committees and the Program Manager for scholarships, internships, and leadership development council.

National Committee Members

Jawairriya Abdallah-Shahid, Ed.D., United Arab Emirates, drjawairriya@gmail.com 

DrJawairriyaAbdallahShahidDr. Jawairriya Abdallah-Shahid is a principal at Abu Dhabi Education Council, the United Arab Emirates and an international education consultant, teacher and academic administrator. Her professional emphasis is Educational Theory & Practice. She is also committed to fostering Muslim-Christian dialogue and frequently speaks at interfaith forums. Her passion includes research, social activism for Muslim females and minorities, and developing private elementary and high schools that cater to Muslims and other faiths. The author of Veiled Voices: Muhajabat In Secular Schools, she is a wife and mother of three.

Aisha Kareem, Ph.D., California, ceo.am360@gmail.com

Dr Aisha Kareem

Dr. A’isha Kareem is CEO and co-founder of American Muslim 360 Radio, a retired chaplain California State Department of Corrections, and a lifelong social justice educator focused on equity for racially and socially marginalized students. As a CEO, she oversees the most popular Islamic radio station in the U.S. A former university professor, she is a published writer, playwright, distinguished lecturer, senior CWSC advisor and representative at the U.N. with The Grail, an NGO focused on the status of women, and she is a CWSC liaison with the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc. a faith-based social justice consortium for community education, advocacy, and activism.

W. Marcus Lambert, Ph.D., New York, wmarcuslambert@gmail.com

Dr. Marcus W. Lambert is Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Trained in both social science methodology and the biomedical sciences, He has honed skills for developing and evaluating programs that increase diversity and inclusion in the biomedical sciences. Dr. Lambert serves as an advisor on education policy and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) mentoring programs to a number of organizations in New York City and around the United States.

Zakiyyah Muhammad, Ed.D., California, drzakiyyahimas@gmail.com 

DrZakiyyahMuhammadDr. Zakiyyah Muhammad is founding director of the Institute of Muslim American Studies and an independent consultant to schools, universities, and other institutions. An internationally recognized expert in Islamic education and Muslim women, she has been a teacher, principal, professor of education, and national director of education for Clara Muhammad Schools. She has lectured at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, California State University-Sacramento, DePaul University, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought. A former research associate to Dr. C. Eric Lincoln and an affiliated scholar at Howard University under the direction of Dr. Sulayman Nyang, she has presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Georgetown University and published in the Journal of Negro Education, Journal on Religion and Education, Encyclopedia of African American Education, Muslim Education Quarterly, and the American Educational Research Association’s Black Education. She was a social commentary columnist for Muslim Journal and continues to document the educational evolution of the Muslim African American community.

Aisha Nasir, JD., Indiana, aishanasir@thesidewalkscholar.org 

AishaNasirAs a constitutional law scholar, Aisha Nasir, Esq., is an advocate working with individuals and organizations to facilitate legal resolutions in human and civil rights concerns. Raised on Chicago’s Southside, she is acutely aware of the socio-economic pitfalls plaguing inhabitants of under-served communities and works diligently with grassroots, corporate and governmental agencies to address social justice issues. The CEO of her company and a former US Army Intelligence Analyst, she also provides pro-bono assistance to military veterans entitled to service-connected benefits. She serves as Director for CWSC’s Think Tank and is a national radio host of The Sidewalk Scholar show on the American Muslim 360 Radio Network. She earned her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School Chicago, after graduating magna cum laude from Indiana University / University of Notre Dame, and summa cum laude from Purdue University. Among Attorney Nasir’s published papers are What Constitutes Good Judgment? Breyer’s Liberty in Action vs. Scalia’s Interpretive Matters; Measuring Effects of Supreme Court Rulings: Affirmative Action after Grutter Human Bondage: Chattel Issues of Adoption in a Free Market Economy; Truths of Hyperincarceration: We All Breathe the Air; A Crisis of Civil Right: The Impact of Right Wing Policies on the Underserved.

Qadir Abdus-Sabur, Ph.D., Virginia, qas1944@gmail.com

Dr. Qadir Abdus-Sabur is a co-founder, Muslim Teacher’s College, Tawheed Prep School & Skoolz 4 Africa and currently, serves as Director for the New African Ummah Online School. He is an affiliated scholar at the Institute of Muslim American Studies and has been actively involved in the Islamic Schools movement in the U.S. for over 30 years. He formerly served as a school principal and a director of Clara Muhammad Schools, chairman of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America and Director of Islamic Studies Curriculum Project and International Curricula Organization in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Concurrent with a 25-year career as a Computer Systems Engineer, he taught mathematics and computer programming at local colleges and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

Imam Rashad Shahid, Florida, mutualprogress@gmail.com 

ImamRashadShahidImam Rashad Shahid is a business specialist and consultant with an IT background. He provides support services to leading business process management and real estate firms. His professional specialties include subsidized multi-family housing compliance, public-private sector liaison, non-profit program development, technical writing, contract and grant administration. A community and civic leader, he is a former City of Jacksonville Human Rights Commissioner. He represented Florida’s Muslims as an executive aide at Florida Governor Scott’s inauguration and holds the distinction of having been the youngest person elected to lead a masjid in association with the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. A committed community organizer, passionate about community and youth development, education and interfaith work, he is a Computer Information Science graduate of the University of North Florida.

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