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We are proud to serve and give back to our community. We encourage aspiring scholars and professionals to live big and lead now. A portion of each membership goes directly to our VMW Young Scholar of Distinction Scholarship. The rest of your hard-earned dollars helps employ Muslim women and allies to create world-class events like our Annual VMW Awards Gala which curates a sisterhood exclusively created by Muslim women for Muslim women.
VMW’s Scholarships help women pursue post-secondary education and leadership opportunities.
These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of our donors and members in BC who believe in the importance of education for future success. The benefits of these women are immediate and long-lasting.
We currently offer three scholarships:
VMW Young Scholar of Distinction Award - $250
Awarded to any current Young Scholar Member or University Chapter Student Member; or daughter of a Professional Member. Students may be pursuing any field of study.
VMW Global Scholar Scholarship - $250
Open to any self-identifying Muslim woman or non-binary person in the world pursuing studies at a public or accredited university or educational institution. Students may be pursuing any field of study.
Kamrul Suleman Bhamji Memorial Scholarships- $ 250
This memorial scholarship is in honour of Kamrul Suleman Bhamji, a champion of education, community building and women's rights. Awarded globally to any self-identifying woman or non-binary person pursuing higher education at a public or accredited university or educational institution. Preference will be given to students studying social justice, educational studies, women’s empowerment, Islamic Studies and/ or Religious/Cultural Studies.
Students must complete this online application form and attach a letter of recommendation and a resume. The letter of recommendation should be from a community or educational institution that you belong to or have worked with for at least one year or maybe from a community leader or organizational leader who has worked with you or known you for a year. Students with incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact . Additionally, if the attachment link does not upload your documents for any reason, please feel free to email it as an attachment to with your subject heading as: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.
Application Deadline is November 30th, 2020 and Scholarship Winners will be notified December 7th. Recipients will be notified by email and phone.
The VMW Awards are coveted awards given to BC Muslim women in ten categories.
Muslim women are leading and working tirelessly in a multitude of categories and deserve to be recognized by their own community. We believe in uplifting and showcasing our sisters through these awards which are presented at our world-class Awards Gala, a night of celebration including dinner, entertainment, art and much more.
We currently offer nine awards:
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Awarded to the one who exemplifies what it means to be a dynamic entrepreneurial leader. She demonstrates a fearless pursuit of building her brand/business.
ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
Awarded to she who is passionate about all things sports and has demonstrated remarkable athletic prowess. She exhibits sportsmanship on and off the field.
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
Awarded to a woman who has made a significant impact on the media and/or entertainment industry.
YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD
Awarded to a young woman between the ages of 14-25 who has made a mark in her community either through academic excellence, actively participating in community initiatives or simply by being someone who inspires and uplifts other women around her.
ALLIES OF MUSLIM WOMEN AWARD
Awarded to a Muslim man or a non-Muslim person who has been an ally in the community. They have helped build bridges in different communities and stand in solidarity with Muslim women.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Awarded to the one who is a passionate advocate for social justice issues and who seeks to educate others about those same issues in order to make a difference in the community.
ARTS & CULTURE AWARD
Awarded to someone who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the stimulation and development of arts and cultural activities within the community.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Awarded to the incredible being who has dedicated her life to being a leader for Muslim women in the community. She has constantly made significant contributions to her community through her work and achievements.
Awarded to the incredible being who has excelled in the fields of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics and serves as a role model for the larger community.
To nominate an individual, please click here to complete a nomination form. Please note that nominees must be aware and give their consent to be nominated. Nominations are currently NOT being accepted at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are not hosting an Awards Gala for 2020 therefore we will not be reviewing nominations until a date is set for the 2021/22 Awards Gala.
For further inquiries, please contact .