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.
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 Law Scholars Program
Momina Cheema Foundation inaugurated in 2011 with its Law Scholars Program, in which we aspired to financially assist Female Students pursuing Law degrees in Pakistan. In the proceeding 2012-2013 academic session, we awarded scholarships to 23 bright students, helping them achieve their dream of pursuing Law Studies at leading Universities in Pakistan without being impeded by financial burdens or having to worry about Tuition Fees.
Since the inaugural scholarships, we have expanded considerably and our list of Partner Institutions now include:
1- University of The Punjab, Lahore
2- University of The Punjab – Jhelum Campus
3- University of Baluchistan, Quetta
4- Women University Mardan
5- Gomal University, DI Khan
6- Mirpur University of Science and technology, Azad Jammu & Kashmir
7- Sindh Muslim Law College, Karachi
*As of 2020, more than 145 eligible Female Students have been successfully sponsored by MCF Law Scholars Program*
Momina Cheema Medical Scholars Program
The Momina Cheema Foundation launched scholarships for Medical Students of Faisalabad Medical University and Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, in 2018.
The applicants approved by their respective University’s Scholarship Committee will each receive a scholarship of 20,000/- PKR annually.
- Female students currently enrolled in 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th Year, and Final Year MBBS.
- Belonging either to Faisalabad Medical University or to Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
- Students need financial assistance for tuition fees.
- Students are not availing any other scholarships at the moment.
*As of 2020, 37 eligible Female Students have been successfully sponsored by MCF Medical Scholars Program*
Momina Cheema Foundation is working diligently to develop Scholarships for Female Students enrolled in subjects other than Law and Medical. Future Projects, partnerships and programs will be uploaded to our Website and Facebook Page once they are finalized.
Projects in USA
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 awards for research or presentation at a conference on Islamic law, culture or philosophy
- Travel grants for research in Pakistan to graduate and undergraduate students nationwide
- Organize an annual Research-Symposium on Islamic law, culture or philosophy
Support our cause
Legacy & Memorial Scholarships
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 Sadqah-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
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