About Dr. Adawia Alousi

Dr. Adawia Alousi
Dr. Adawia Alousi

Dr. Adawia Alousi was a true renaissance woman: a scientist and educator with a multitude of passions. Originally from Iraq, the discoveries and scientific contributions of this pioneering researcher continue to improve and extend lives and her work has been the benchmark for pharmacological experimentation around the world. Dr. Alousi was truly a leader in an era when very few women were recognized for their accomplishments, let alone a foreign-born Arab woman. In a time when self-appointed experts attempt to define the face of the modern Muslim woman, Dr. Alousi’s life reminds us it is only Muslim women who can speak about their lives, careers and choices with true authority.

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About the Fund

The Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship Fund for Muslim Women was established in order to carry on the accomplishments of this remarkable woman. The Fund supports American Muslim women to obtain education within STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields – placing highest priority on immigrants and refugees. Our hope is that beneficiaries of the Fund will rise to the top, epitomize excellence in their respective fields, and carry Dr. Alousi’s spirit of generosity forward. She would be honored to welcome you into the sisterhood of scientists (and other STEM careers) and would remind you to be much more; be curious, be learned, be passionate, be vocal and be generous.  If you wish to be considered an Adawia Alousi scholar, please review the information below, and submit an application.

Scholarship Details

It is anticipated that the Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship for Muslim Women will be between $2,500 and $10,000 per student for undergraduates, and up to $10,000 for graduate students. The scholarship may be renewable for students maintaining satisfactory academic performance. The Fund will make all grant distributions directly to the student’s affiliated college or university. All colleges and universities must be accredited and be located within the United States.

Scholarship Requirements

To be considered, all applicants must:

  • Be accepted into a STEM program at an accredited university in the United States
  • Identify as a Muslim woman
  • Demonstrate financial need
    • Have a completed FAFSA on file with University Financial Aid office
  • GPA and Test Scores:
    • For incoming freshman, high school GPA of 3.6 or higher; ACT score of 29 or higher
    • For currently enrolled undergraduate students: cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
    • For graduate students: cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • List research experience and/or service activities in community, including work done through student organizations
  • Agree to provide career data upon graduation

All applicants are required to:

  1. Complete an essay describing the following:
    • Career aspirations
    • Reasons for choosing a STEM field
    • Your financial need (i.e. are you the first to attend college in your family? Do you have any special circumstances you would like the scholarship committee to consider?)
    • How you see yourself contributing in a unique way as a Muslim woman in the STEM field, and how you will carry forward Dr. Alousi’s spirit
    • What impact being an Adawia Alousi Scholar would have on you
    • Research experience, leadership and volunteer activities in your community and/or school
    • Essay should be no more than three 8.5” x 11” typed, double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins
  2. Submit a copy of your SAR (federal student aid report)
  3. Submit a resume (graduate students only).
  4. Submit your university acceptance letter (incoming freshmen or current undergraduates) OR include a letter of support from your current academic institution (graduate students).
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendation: Download letter of recommendation form
  6. Submit official transcript from school or university
    • This should be mailed from the school or university to:
      CAAP, c/o Dr. Adawia Alousi Scholarship, 2651 Saulino Ct., Dearborn, MI 48120

If you have questions, please contact us.


Applications are currently closed. Thank you for your interest.