The Canadian Islamic Congress is pioneering the country's first-ever endowment
fund to support scholarships for fulltime Muslim students enrolled
in Canadian post-secondary institutions, and who intend to major in journalism,
social work, law, or political sciences.
The CIC hopes to raise an endowment of at least 6 million dollars (Cdn.)
whereby the annual investment returns of $300,000 will be used, Inshalah, to
finance 100 annual scholarship of $3,000 each. Members, chapters, and friends
are encouraged to donate generously to this new endowment fund.
The CIC believes that focusing on journalism education, for example, will be an
efficient long-term solution for ongoing problems of anti-Islam bias occurring
across much of the Canadian media. Similarly, in the fields of law, social
work and political science, there is also an urgent need for a greater
proportion of Canadian Muslim expertise.
The CIC NICHOLA GODDARD SCHOLARSHIP IN PEACE AND
The Canadian Islamic Congress announced on June 5, 2006 that it has
established a new scholarship in Peace and Conflict Studies to honour Capt.
Nichola Goddard, a Canadian soldier who died in Afghanistan on May 17, 2006
and to promote the peaceful resolution of political conflicts. This scholarship
is open for Muslim and None Muslim students.
This annual $3,000 scholarship is being offered to qualified Canadian
students admitted to or enrolled in an eligible academic program of Peace
and Conflict Studies at any Canadian university. At the committee's
discretion, more than one scholarship could be offered in any given year.
The annual deadline for applications is July 1. Applications for the
2006/07 academic year are now being accepted.
The scholarship selection committee includes Nichola's father, Prof. Tim
Goddard of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Education; Prof. Nathan
Funk of the University of Waterloo Peace and Conflict Studies; and Prof.
Mohamed Elmasry, national president of the Canadian Islamic Congress.
Capt. Nichola Goddard, 26, was the first Canadian woman soldier killed in
combat since World War II.
"A scholarship in the name of Capt. Nichola Goddard in Peace and Conflict
Studies will go a long way toward helping Canadians understand our
traditional role of being a peace maker and a peace keeper. We hope and
pray that Captain Goddard is the last Canadian to be killed in combat in
Afghanistan," said CIC president Dr. Mohamed Elmasry.
"As a mother I share the pain of the Goddards," said Mrs. Wahida Valiante,
CIC's national vice-president. "This new scholarship in Peace and Conflict
Studies will keep alive the Canadian ideal of peaceful conflict
"Nichola believed strongly in the power of education," said Professor
Goddard, "and through this scholarship we hope that Canadians will come to
better understand the need for peaceful resolution of the many conflicts in
"I am pleased that through this scholarship, deserving students will be
able to honour the memory of Nichola's life and work," said Jason Beam,
This CIC scholarship is being offered in addition to the Nichola K.S.
Goddard Memorial Scholarship Fund also created in her honour at the
University of Calgary.
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