We believe scholarships are an amazing (but mostly ignored!) opportunity. They encourage you to give to the community and then reward you by helping you further your education! This is why kih created a Scholarship Database in the House of Wisdom page.
And, alhamdulilah, this is exactly how a brother discovered the Afghan Youth Scholarship. Through kih, Yousuf Faroqi (an active member in the Afghan Muslim community) applied for the scholarship.
And, mashAllah, he is the proud recipient of this year’s Afghan Youth Scholarship. It will be presented to him on September 26, 2009 (Afghanistan’s Independence Day) at the Scarborough Civic Centre.
Yousuf is a part of the Afghan Discourse; an organization that convenes monthly to propose solutions to issues concerning Toronto Afghans. Another initiative taken by this young leader is a movement titled “Reach” (which is supported by the Afghan Association of Ontario). "Reach" will attempt to launch a tutoring program, while also making immigrant parents aware of school-related issues that are foreign to them. Many parents are not aware of what constitutes good grades. As, they are not aware of school procedures, like phone calls informing them of truant children (that are inevitably answered by the children themselves). “Reach” estimates that there is a high percentage of Afghan kids dropping out of school and the program's goal is to reverse this trend by educating parents of young children.
In high school, Yousuf was president of the MSA, the Afghan Youth Club and the ESL reading club. He was also a tutor and mentor at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood office.
MashAllah, he is now a graduate of Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and is in his first year in Ryerson’s Civil Engineering program, where he has already become Vice-President in charge of events for the Afghan Students’ Association.
“I would like to thank kih and pray for them to be successful in the present and future", Yousuf writes. "Continue flourishing and keep up the great work for the youth.“
We wish Yousuf an amazing university experience and encourage him to continue his social activism. The world needs more leaders like him.