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Lila Fahlman Scholarship for Canadians

Lila Fahlman Scholarship for Canadians

The Lila Fahlman Scholarship is named after the late Dr. Lila Fahlman, a renowned educator and founder of the CCMW (Canadian Council of Muslim Women). The scholarship is sponsored by CCMW with generous donations by community members and sponsors.

Individual scholarships of $1500 may be awarded to Canadian Muslim women who are enrolled in full-time undergraduate or certificate programs at a Canadian college or university. Preference may be given to those who are involved in or have previously supported CCMW through their volunteer work.

Eligibility Criteria:

A Muslim woman student who:

  • Is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Is enrolled in a full-time undergraduate diploma or certificate program at a Canadian college or university for the upcoming academic year.
  • Is committed to completing the full academic year.
  • Is making a recognized positive contribution to society through civic engagement and/or volunteering experience.

Considerable preference will be given to individuals who express familiarity and connection with the mission of CCMW as a highly diverse organization with a mission to affirm the identities of Muslim women in Canada through faith, social justice, and meaningful community engagement.

As an organization committed to the equality, equity, and empowerment of Canadian Muslim women and girls, CCMW encourages scholarship applications across Canada from Black Muslims, Indigenous Muslims, 2SLGBTQIA+ Muslims, Francophone Muslims, and Muslims with disabilities.

Note: This past Black History Month, CCMW raised money for the Black Muslimahs Shining Initiative. The initiative was designed to provide financial aid and support to Black Muslim women pursuing higher education at Canadian universities and colleges. This scholarship initiative is crucial in addressing the unique challenges faced by Black Muslim women and aims to empower them to achieve their educational aspirations. Applicants will be considered for this funding in addition to the Lila Fahlman Scholarships.

Application Requirements:

  1. Signed Scholarship application form.
  2. A 1-2 minute video or audio describing the reasons why you would be a worthy recipient of this Scholarship. Include your contribution to civic engagement at the community level, other volunteer activities, your academic achievements, your most important accomplishments, and your future goals. If providing video or audio presents a barrier, an essay of no more than 500 words in 12-point font and double-spaced can also be submitted.
  3. Summary Financial Need.
  4. Two letters of reference, which may be from a teacher from your school, college or university, or someone who is familiar with your community service. A letter of reference from a CCMW member who is familiar with your accomplishments could be included here.
  5. Record of most recent Academic transcript.

    Learn more and apply:

Deadline for receiving applications is July 15, 2024. Inquiries about the application process can be made to The successful applicants will be notified in August and recognized at the Annual Women Who Inspire event in October. Scholarship funds will be deposited directly to the educational institution that the student is attending.