About Momina

Momina Cheema was born in Lahore, Pakistan on September 25th, 1985, and raised in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. She was speech champion and valedictorian at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Literature and from Harvard University with an A.M. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. At the time of her death, she was attending the University of Virginia School of Law and held a judicial internship at the U.S. district court, Eastern District of New York. Friends and family will always remember her loving personality.

Momina was an energetic, passionate, and brilliant woman. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of everything from pop culture to social theory, and made connections and asked questions that illuminated the minds of all of those around her. In a 2007 email to an online community, she summarized her interests as: “post-structuralism, Marxist theory, mysticism, Nietzschean existentialism, Althusserian anti-humanism, Dostoevsky, Muhammad Iqbal, Ali Shariati, Indo-Muslim culture, gender/sexuality (Foucault, Butler), philosophy of language/linguistics (Austin, Deleuze)….” Though her interests could not all be summarized in a sentence, this should give an idea of the breadth of her knowledge and curiosity.
Momina worked during her life to increase educational awareness about Islamic law, philosophy, and culture as well as civil and human rights both within and outside the United States.
Her untimely death has been a great loss not only to her family but also to the world. She is survived by her parents Muhammad Akhtar and Tayyeba, her younger brothers Fareed and Saeed, and countless other relatives and friends who loved her.


Our Mission

The Momina Cheema Foundation was incorporated to illuminate and celebrate the life and achievements of Momina Cheema by enriching the lives of future scholars and change-makers in furthering their knowledge of Islamic law, culture, and philosophy.


The MCF was established through the efforts of Momina’s family and friends. The foundation is governed by an international Board of Directors comprised of individuals who share Momina’s commitment to learning, scholarship, and intellectual striving and are committed to nurturing these values in other young scholars.

How to Donate

The Momina Cheema Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For tax purposes, you will need our Employer Identification Number: 45-3479450.

Learn More

To learn more about us, what we do, our national and international projects, visit our projects page.


Momina Cheema Foundation currently provides ‘ Legacy & Memorial Scholarships ‘
that are specifically tailored to meet our Donors’ wishes and to help materialize their
personal visions for the advancement of Female Education in Pakistan.

How it works

* You specify the Institution/s and their respective Department/s, in Pakistan, where you wish to provide scholarships to deserving Female Students.

* We deal with the logistics, the paperwork, and the formal procedures required to launch your desired Scholarship. 

* Legacy & Memorial Scholarships may be named after deceased relatives as a means of Sadaqah-e-Jariya.
The amount of Scholarship fund to be allotted, and the number of recipients, is decided by the Donor. 


1: Begum Azra Zia Memorial MCF Scholarship: Faisalabad Medical University and Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
2: Sardar Iftikhar MCF Scholarship: Women University Mardan
3: Dr. Rashida Maryam Memorial MCF Scholarship: Faisalabad Medical University
4: Prof. Tahir Saeed Haroon Memorial MCF Scholarship: Poonch Medical College, Rawalakot


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Momina Cheema Foundation, Inc
8248 243rd Street Bellerose, NY 11426