Application now closed. Congratulations to our 2020 Ali, Isabella and Giselle scholarship recipients!

About The Fund 

The Abbas Family Red Wagon Fund, housed at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), was established to honor the memory of Issam and Dr. Rima Abbas and their three children Ali, Isabella and Giselle, who were tragically killed on January 6, 2019 after they were struck by a wrong-way drunk driver. The fund aims to forever carry out the Abbas family’s remarkable legacy of generosity and community support by supporting small and large projects, focused on breaking down barriers through advocacy, access to healthcare, education, and other initiatives that aim to center marginalized voices and promote empowerment, equity and healing.

To honor their legacy, Tom and Rana Taylor established The Ali, Isabella, and Giselle Legacy Scholarship within the Abbas Family Red Wagon Fund. Rana is the sister of Dr. Rima Abbas and aunt to Ali, Isabella and Giselle.  Both she and her husband, who are residents of the city of Northville, hope to continue the tradition of giving back to the Northville community, particularly the Northville Public Schools, which Ali, Isabella and Giselle attended as eighth, seventh and second graders, respectively.  Their aim is to carry on Ali, Isabella and Giselle’s generous legacy by supporting senior students who demonstrate a commitment to education and echo the values of helping to create a just, equitable and inclusive society.

Read more about the Abbas Family

Scholarship Details

The Ali, Isabella and Giselle Legacy Scholarships will be $1,000 per graduating high school senior, awarding up to three students per year who meet the Northville Educational Fund standards. The intent of this scholarship is to support motivated Northville Public School (NHS) students who demonstrate a commitment to community service, equity, inclusiveness and kindness.

View the full application instructions here 

Applications are currently closed. Check back in the beginning of the year 2021. Please download and review the instructions before submitting your application. 

The Ali, Isabella and Giselle Legacy Scholarship

  • Scholarship Eligibility

  • Check off each requirement that you meet.
  • Personal Information

  • Financial hardship occurs when a person or family struggles to make payments toward debt or bills, or have expendable funds for things like college tuition. Keep in mind, your responses are always kept confidential. Your statement must be 1-2 sentences demonstrating your financial hardship, such as, “My parents are often making ends meet due to providing for myself, my siblings, as well as my grandmother who lives in the basement."
  • Education

  • Note: If you are undecided or are not sure yet, feel free to enter "Undecided" or "N/A"
  • Attachments

    Please upload the following documents in PDF format: A copy of your (official or unofficial) high school transcript, upload a short essay, and upload your letter of recommendation
  • Upload high school transcript (unofficial OK): Name the file "LastName_FirstName_Transcript." If applicant prefers to submit transcripts directly, see mailing instructions below.
  • Submit an essay of 300-400 words, double-spaced pages, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins describing what a just, equitable, and inclusive world looks like to you. Name the file "LastName_FirstName_Essay." Example: Smith_John_Essay
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Name the files "LastName_FirstName_Rec1". If a recommender prefers to submit a letter directly to the scholarship committee without you reading it, instruct them to email or mail it in (instructions below).
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Confirmation