Celebrating the life of Momina Cheema by enriching the lives of future scholars in furthering their knowledge of Islamic law, culture or philosophy.
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 extend allowed by law. For tax purposes, you will need our Employer Identification Number: 45-3479450. Click on DONATE above.
Friends and family will always remember her loving personality. Momina was an energetic, passionate and brilliant woman. She had 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 Unites 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.
Projects in Pakistan
Momina Cheema Medical Scholars Program
The Momina Cheema Foundation has launched scholarships for medical students of Faisalabad Medical University and Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, starting in 2018.
The applicants approved by committee will receive a scholarship of 20,000/-PKR annually.
- girl students of MBBS classes 2nd yr, 3rd yr, 4th yr and final year
- Faisalabad Medical University and Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur
- students needing financial assistance and
- students not availing any other scholarships
2018: 9 students of Faisalabad Medical University were awarded medical scholarships
Momina Cheema Law Scholars Program
For the 2012-2013 school year, and in keeping with its mandate, the Momina Cheema Foundation-Pakistan has awarded scholarships to twenty three (23) bright female students who are studying law at leading universities across Pakistan. Since the inaugural scholarships, we have expanded considerably:
2012-2013: 23 students
2013-2014: 13 students
2014-2015: 17 students
2015-2016: 21 students
2016-2017: 11 students
2017-2018: 23 students
The University of Punjab Law College (Lahore) Sindh Muslim Law College (Karachi) and Nisa College (Sialkot) are the pioneering academic partners of the Momina Cheema Foundation. Expanding our initiatives, we have included Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Gomal University.
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Projects in USA
Momina Cheema Memorial Scholarship
The Momina Cheema Foundation has reached its initial milestone of $50,000. The University of Virginia School of Law will begin awarding the $5000 scholarship annually starting 2014-2015 academic year. MCF intends to contribute no less than $100,000 to permanently establish the Momina Cheema Memorial Scholarship.
Momina Cheema, AM ’08 Memorial Graduate Travel & Research Fellowship
This fellowship establishes a fund to support the travel and research to Pakistan of graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
Recipients of this fellowship shall be students working on research related to Islamic law, philosophy, and/or culture. Preference for this fellowship shall be given first to students in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) Department studying Indo-Muslim Culture/Muslim Societies in South Asia and doing work in Pakistan, however; recipients may also be drawn from other departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences whose work relates to Islamic law, philosophy, and/or culture or whose studies in other fields bring them to do research and/or fieldwork in Pakistan.
Daniel Majchrowicz (2012)
- Sponsor award for research or presentation at a conference on Islamic law, culture or philosophy
- Provide travel grants for research in Pakistan to graduate and undergraduate students nationwide
- Organize an annual research symposium on Islamic law, culture or philosophy
How to apply for scholarships
Momina Cheema Foundation is launching scholarships for medical students of Faisalabad Medical University and University of Health Sciences, Lahore.
A three member committee nominated by MCF will review the applications and have a brief meeting with the short listed applicants. The applicants approved by committee will receive a scholarship of 20,000/-PKR annually. Last date of submission of application is 31st Dec, 2017.
- Girl students of MBBS classes 2nd yr, 3rd yr and 4th yr
- Students of Faisalabad Medical University and Public sector medical colleges affiliated with University of Health Sciences, Lahore
- Students needing financial assistance
- Students availing any other scholarship will not be eligible
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