Aligarh Alumni Association, Washington DC
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – 2020
CHAIR: Dr. Aftab A. Ansari, 7129 Chilton Court, Clarksville, MD 21029
DIRECTORS OF SUBCOMMITTEES
Administration – Dr. S. Rafat Husain
Mentorship – Dr. A. Abdullah
Feeder Program – Dr. R. Raziuddin
Fund Raising – Mrs. Shakeela Raza
Investment – Dr. Aftab A. Ansari
Student Selection – Dr. Aamir Ahmad
Oversight & Planning – Dr. Hashima Hasan
Technical Support – Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS & SUMMARY
In 2019 the AAADC Scholarship Program continued to support AMU and AMU-bound students through our two flagship programs: the AMU Scholarship program at AMU, and the Feeder/Coaching program for schools all over India. In addition, the scholarship program supported students through a third initiative, India Scholarships, encouraging students to apply for available Indian Government scholarships.
- Scholarship award amount increased from Rs 7,500 to Rs 8,000 per scholarship.
- 292 AMU scholarships in 2019 (an increase of 5 scholarships from previous year); planning to increase the number to 312 in 2020.
- Over 3,300 AMU scholarships since year 1976
- Helped educate: doctors, tibs (Unani medicine doctors), dentists, nurses, scientists, engineers, computer scientists, lawyers, economists, teachers, IT professionals etc.
- 25 units of schools and coaching centers in various cities
- 700 students in 2019
- Over 6,700 students since 2008
- Through our India Scholarship program, we disseminated information and encouraged and helped thousands of students to apply for available Indian scholarships.
- In 2019, the total amount spent on these programs was $55,000 ($33k for AMU Scholarship, $22k for Feeder, and $200 for India Scholarships.)
HOW TO DONATE & HOW MUCH
- ON LINE USING PAY PAL, DEBIT CARD, OR CREDIT CARD:
- OR PayPal to: email@example.com (no emails at this address please)
- OR MAIL CHECK TO: Aligarh Alumni Association, 7129Chilton Ct, Clarksville, MD 21029
AMU SCHOLARSHIPS AT AMU:
- Donate $3,000 to establish a lifelong endowed scholarship.
- Donate $120 to fund one scholarship for a year.
- Donate any amount; it will be pooled with other donations to provide scholarships.
FEEDER / COACHING CENTERS ALL OVER INDIA:
- Donate $1,700 to sponsor a coaching center (50-75 students; grades 8th-12th).
- Donate $850 to adopt a Feeder School (20 students; grades 5th-12th).
- Donate any amount; it will be pooled with other donations to support the Feeder program.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS
AAADC runs three scholarship programs: (1) AMU Scholarships awarded to students at AMU to partially defray educational expenses; (2) Feeder Program / Coaching Guidance Centers supporting students in grades 5 to 12 throughout India; and (3) Indian Government Scholarships Program that provides assistance to students in securing available Indian scholarships.
While all three programs are supported by donations, the AMU scholarships are endowed and are awarded from investment income of the endowment, whereas the other two programs are not endowed and are run from donations collected each year. The AMU scholarship program selects students based on merit-cum-means (60:40 weight) and other special criteria specified by donors; the Feeder/Coaching programs target schools that will benefit mostly economically challenged students who exhibit educational promise. The AMU scholarship program is focused on students attending AMU; the Feeder/Coaching programs and the Indian Government Scholarships programs are ever expanding to various cities throughout India.
DECISIONS: All decisions about establishing policies and procedures, as well as changing them, are made through a collective decision-making process involving the Scholarship Committee and AAADC’s Board of Trustees (BOT). This process ensures rigor and consistency in AAADC’s decision-making for the scholarship program. It also provides for the involvement of senior, experienced members in the running of the program, as well as in maintaining the trust of the community, the owner of the scholarship program.
TRANSPARENCY: AAADC is committed to providing transparent annual reporting and accountability for the Scholarship Program to all its members and stakeholders. To this end, besides reporting to the US IRS every year, the Scholarship Program furnishes an annual report to donors, members, and the community at large that provides a complete and transparent accounting of: donations collected, investments made, incomes generated, amounts spent, a full list of scholarship applications received, awardees selected, award process, award criteria, etc. To our donors we also send information about the students selected to receive their endowed scholarships.
1. AMU SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The AMU Scholarship Program is the oldest of the three scholarship programs having begun in the nineteen seventies, although the program picked up more speed in the late nineteen eighties.
OBJECTIVE: To make higher education affordable to talented AMU students from economically disadvantaged families.
SCOPE: The Association awards two types of AMU scholarships:
- Designated Scholarship: A donation of $3,000 or more ensures establishment of a lifetime, individual scholarship of Rs 8,000 per year (increased from Rs 5,000 per year in 2013, and then from Rs.6,000 ). The donor specifies terms and conditions of the scholarship.
- Al Beiruni Scholarships are awarded out of a fund that is a pool of small donations. These are also individual, lifetime scholarships of Rs 6,000 per year (increased from Rs 5,000 per year in 2013).
- Both types of scholarships are awarded from investment income of scholarship funds.
- The principal sums endowed remain intact and have in fact have grown over time.
- The entire sum donated (minus overhead expense of less than 5%) is invested and used for scholarship purposes.
- Selection of candidates is based on both merit and means.
- Recipients are guaranteed the scholarship if they continue their studies at AMU and perform well academically.
- All donations are tax-exempt in the USA.
HOW THE AWARDEES ARE SELECTED: The Muslim Social Uplift Society, MSUS, in Aligarh manages our AMU Scholarship program locally. MSUS advertises the scholarships at AMU, invites and receives applications from candidates, collects and compiles appropriate information for each applicant and electronically transmits it to the Scholarship Committee in Washington. The committee generates a composite index score (CI) based on merit (60%) and means (40%) for each applicant. Based on CI and taking into consideration donor’s specifications, it recommends a preliminary award list to the Board of Trustees (BOT) that makes the final selection of awardees.
SUCCESS/IMPACT: In 2019, 292 scholarships were awarded through the program, representing an increase of 5 scholarships over the previous year. We receive over two thousand applications but can award only about 10% of them. More funds are needed.
FUNDING: The program is fully funded by donations from alumni and donors in the community at large.
- A one-time donation of at least US $3,000 establishes a lifetime endowed scholarship.
- Smaller donations are pooled together, and for every sum of $3,000 a new Al Beiruni lifetime scholarship is instituted.
- While donations are accepted throughout the year, the Association also organizes a major once-a-year fund-raising event.
- All donations are tax-exempt in the USA.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application deadlines are usually in August-September and are announced by MSUS widely at AMU. Awards are typically announced in November through MSUS, SultanJahan Manzil, Shamshad Market, AMU, Aligarh.
2. FEEDER / COACHING CENTERS
The Feeder/Coaching Centers program started in 2008. Since then over 5,000 students have benefited from it across India.
OBJECTIVE: To provide free education to very poor, talented Muslim children at a minimal expense.
SCOPE: The Association manages two programs: Feeder Schools, and Coaching Centers.
- Feeder: Rs.250/ student/month — 20 students/ school/ district – Grades 5-12. Total: Rs. 50,000/ school/year.
- Coaching Center– coaching of 50-75 students from Grades 8-12, after school hours. Total: Rs. 100,000/ Center/ year.
OPERATION: Stipend is provided every six months subject to satisfactory progress report.
A local Alig, or a teacher/manager of a school, or a social activist in an district of interest is designated in-charge of a district institution (or Unit). In addition, a member (or a close associate) of AAADC serves as the Lead Contact of each of those Units.
Under this “Feeder/ Coaching Center” program, we are currently providing free education to about 1000 students in schools across several districts/states of India, including UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kashmir, Assam, West Bengal, and Karnataka. Presently we manage 16 Feeder institutions (Units) and 9 Coaching Centers, spending approximately Rs. 12 Lakhs ($20,000) annually.
FUNDING: Funds are raised at an annual fundraising event of AAA-DC, which is typically held at a Ramadan iftaar, and through a yearlong campaign. Your Zakat money, your regular / any other form of donations, charity, etc. – all are critical in financing the Feeder/Coaching Center program. This far-reaching program benefiting the neediest children is entirely funded through annual donations, and the annual growth and reach of the program is determined entirely by the donor commitments year to year.
SUCCESS/IMPACT: In 2019, AAADC proudly supported 25 feeder schools/coaching centers in 11
districts/regions across India. It is our hope to provide continued support to these institutions upon
demonstrated success and grow the program with continued financial investment from AAADC donor-base.
(Table 1 lists feeder schools/coaching centers currently supported by AAADC).
3. INDIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Indian Scholarships program began in 2013. Millions of rupees are announced in scholarships for minority students each year, but information about these opportunities and access to them remains a problem for the Muslim minority. Through this initiative AAADC supports deserving students by: (a) compiling scholarship lists; (b) disseminating scholarship information among Muslim populations; and (c) providing assistance to students in the application process for these scholarships. We encourage our partners (MSUS and all Feeder institutions) to disseminate information as well as help students. Our goal is to work closely with our partners in India to help
disseminate scholarship information to a wide group of students and help them in applying and securing the available scholarships. The following site has all the information and link to apply for the scholarships:
MINISTRY OF MINORITY AFFAIRS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME: https://scholarships.gov.in/
Beware: these sites may change; please find the correct site.
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION
The Aligarh Alumni Association (AAA), Washington DC, founded in 1975, is a non-political, non-profit, taxexempt, charitable, educational, social, and cultural organization for non-alumni and alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India. The Association takes interest in affairs of the University, runs a scholarship program to help meritorious students from low income families, and organizes social, literary, and cultural programs. The aims and objectives of the Association are to: (i) help AMU and its student body through scholarship and other programs; (ii) develop and strengthen a sense of community by organizing social projects and events in the Washington DC area; and (iii) promote cultural awareness through cultural and literary activities.
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