ABSA Network introduces the first-ever academic award for Shia students on North American campuses. As the umbrella organization of North American student/youth groups who follow the teachings of Ahlul-Bayt, peace be upon them, ABSA Network seeks to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to excellence in Muslim community service, Islamic activities on campuses, and significant educational progress. Undergraduate and graduate/medical students are welcome to submit their application for the Student of the Year Award 2020.
All finalists receive an award plaque.
- First place: $1500 or Arbaeen Ziarat
- Second place: $1000
- Third place: $500
December 25th, 2020January 3rd, 2021: Deadline for nominating others. ABSA Network will invite the nominated students to fill out the self-nomination application. January 3rd, 2021 January 10th, 2021January 12th, 2021: Applications deadline
- January 23rd, 2021: In ABSA Expo 2021, audience will vote for the top-three most active students from the finalists.
- January 23rd, 2021: Announcing the top-three students of the year in the closing session of ABSA Expo 2021.
Nominations: Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. ABSA Network will subsequently invite all nominees to submit an application.
Committee Selections: Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Islamic Scholars and faculty members in US and Canadian Universities. Each member of the selection committee will rank each application independently using a standard form. The top five applicants will then be selected as the finalist by the committee.
The Finale: The finalists may create an original promotional document/video about their qualifications, which will be posted on the ABSA Network social media accounts and promoted in Annual ABSA Expo. The finalists will also participate as the panelists for the Voice of Shia students: Activists. The top three finalists with the highest number of public votes in the ABSA Expo will be chosen as the recipients of the award.
- Evidence of commitment to excellence in Muslim community service and Islamic activities on campuses.
- Evidence of significant educational progress and achievement.
- [Required] An essay statement describing the nominee’s commitment to excellence in Muslim community service, Islamic activities on campuses, and educational achievements in the last year.
- [Required] Curriculum vitae (CV), which should include educational background, work experience, and voluntary endeavors.
- [Optional but strongly recommended] Three letters of recommendation from Islamic scholars, faculty members, president of a student organization, or any other recognizable person. The letters should specifically comment on the nominee’s influence on the Muslim community, the campus-bases Islamic activities in which they have engaged, and their educational progress in the last year.
Eligibility of Nominees: Undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who are currently registered full-time in an accredited college or university in North America.
Possible Nominators: Islamic scholar, faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, and parents (self-nomination accepted).
The names of nominees and the nominee materials must be received by the deadlines listed above. NO EXCEPTIONS.
All submitted materials will need to be in PDF format - NO EXCEPTIONS.
All of the files that are sent should be formatted using a consistent format:
"Last Name"_"First Name"_CV.pdfor
"Last Name"_"First Name"_Essay.pdf
Incomplete or incorrectly formatted applications will NOT be considered.
If you are a student who want to apply for the Student of the Year award, this form is for you.
This form was due on January 12th, 2021.
If you know a student who you think deserves the Student of the Year award, this form is for you.
This form was due on January 3rd, 2021.