MAS Youth Scholarship Essay 2019

In 500-700 words, please answer ONE of the following prompts:

Prompt 1) Relate the ayah from the Qur’an below to a relevant social, cultural, or political issue of our time. Discuss how your personal identity as a Muslim-American impacts your view of the issue you selected.

O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do (4:135).

Prompt 2) Discuss a time when you felt as though the practicing of your Islam was threatened on a personal and/or societal level. How did you approach the situation and what wisdom did you gain from it?

Prompt 3) If you could make a public service announcement to all Muslims in Kansas City, what would you say? Why do you believe that your issue is the most important to address?

A committee will review the essays and make sure that your response:

  • Includes the mention of Islam
  • Mentions your personal story as it relates to the prompt
  • Answers all parts of the prompt you select
  • Does NOT include any traces of plagiarism
  • Is concise and coherent
  • Has acceptable grammar and mechanics (12 point font, Times New Roman)

Please submit your response to masyouth@maskansascity.org by 6/14/19