The Sheikh Family Scholarship is set to support underprivileged Muslim students through top universities.
The COSARAF Charitable Foundation has launched a major higher education support programme to provide up to 24 graduate and undergraduate scholarships at four major UK universities. One award will be made each year over the next three years for eligible students enrolled at St Anne’s College, Oxford; any Cambridge college (administered by Downing College); The University of Warwick; and Cambridge Muslim College.
The Sheikh Family Scholarship will award each student up to £10,000 per year towards the cost of their tuition fees and living expenses.
They will also have access to a personal mentor and a tailored leadership support programme, paid Summer internship at a leading charity and ongoing support from COSARAF.
The scholarship is open to UK Muslim students who face financial hardship and, ideally, are the first in their family to attend university. Priority will be given to those for whom the award will make most difference and who demonstrate a clear plan to give back to their communities and wider society.
The Sheikh Family Scholarship will be launched at an event at St Anne’s College, on 26 April 2019 by Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP and St Anne’s Advisory Fellow, Tom Ilube CBE. The technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist topped the Powerlist 2017, which ranked the UK’s 100 most powerful people with African or Afro-Caribbean heritage.
In addition to the Sheikh Family Scholarship, the COSARAF Foundation will work with all four institutions to provide additional support to further eligible Muslim students through its existing Hardship Fund.
Chairman of the COSARAF Charitable Foundation, Haroon Sheikh, said: “One of our core objectives is to enable young people to realise their potential and this ground-breaking programme seeks to remove barriers to Muslim applicants to leading universities, increasing their participation and helping them to make a difference within their communities.”
“However, the scholarship goes a lot further than merely boosting personal outcomes. The awards will provide long-term support to develop leadership within UK Muslim communities, fostering long-term integration and cohesion.”
Principal of St Anne’s College, Helen King QPM: “From our founding as the Society of Oxford Home-Students, in 1879, St Anne’s has always actively widened access to an Oxford education. We pioneered helping women from around the world attend lectures and tutorials, which meant addressing crucial practical measures, such as providing affordable lodgings and halls.
“This heritage became enshrined in our firm purpose to create a diverse and inclusive community and we want to be the destination of choice for the brightest and best students, including those from under-represented groups. Being one of the founding colleges for such a dynamic package of practical benefits is another key tool in ensuring their continuing involvement here.”
For more information see: www.cosaraf.org
From left to right, the photo taken at the launch event features:
• Tom Ilube CBE
• Farouq Sheikh
• Helen King QPM
• Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP
• Asad Ahmad
• Hafsa Zadran
• Yaqub Eneborg
• Haroon Sheikh