Essay Contest Winners

The Mahmoud S Taman Foundation will publish the winners of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Essay Contest as soon as winners are announced.

Essay Contest Winners

Past Islamic Studies Scholarship Recipients

Since 2009, the Mahmoud S Taman Trust has been providing scholarships, through the Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin, for North American students specializing in Islamic studies with a goal to work as educators in the field.  The scholarships were granted to undergraduate and graduate students who pursued careers involving a lifelong commitment to Islam. The vision for this program is to support the development of a new generation of Muslim leaders and scholars who focus on education enrichment and community development.

Past Islamic Studies Scholarship Recipients

The following people received scholarships:

Sabih Islam Khwaja: Sabih, from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, completed his master’s degree in Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England. He is an active member of the Muslim community in Northeast Wisconsin and received the Mahmoud Taman Islamic Studies scholarship as an academic student of Islam to continue his studies and community efforts.

May Kosba: May was a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, pursuing an M.A. in Islamic Studies.  Since graduating, she has worked to challenge cultural stereotypes pertaining to Islam and women.  She was an Atlas Service Corps Fellow where she served in Washington, D.C. for a year working as a business development coordinator at Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance. She graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, English Department at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. May has many years of experience working in the nonprofit field including working for human rights and community and youth development organizations in Cairo.  She is also a poet and a writer, having co-authored a book, Hello, It's a Muslim Calling (Saray Publishing, Cairo) that seeks to challenge stereotypes about Muslims.

Tricia Pethic: Tricia is a Muslim chaplain with experience in correctional and university settings. She served as social media coordinator for Hartford Seminary and the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains. She writes for various media outlets and currently is the principal at a masjid development consulting service.

Jarrod Long: Also known as Ibrahim J. Long, Jarrod is an American Muslim chaplain with experience providing care in correctional, educational, and healthcare facilities. Jarrod received his B.A. in Humanities and Religious Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He completed an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from the Hartford Seminary. Currently, Jarrod serves the patients, family members, and staff of St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario.

Maggie Mitchell Siddiqi: Maggie was a graduate student at Hartford Seminary, who completed an M.A. in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. She previously served for three years as program coordinator at the Islamic Society of North America’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw implementation of interfaith dialogue and community outreach programs and conducted outreach to government officials and stakeholders on issues of social justice. Maggie is a 2012-2013 fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and has previous experience in government consulting, community organizing for the Obama campaign, and legislative work in the Office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. Maggie has a B.A. in religion from Wesleyan University and is proficient in Spanish and German.

Erol Sinan: Erol was a graduate student at New York University, studying Islamic law and society.  His area of focus is the formative period of the Islamic legal tradition. He plans to serve the Muslim community by striving to acquire and impart knowledge throughout his career.

Rasha Azoni: Rasha was a student at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, studying Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. She plans to serve the Muslim community by using her education to become a scholar-teacher-activist who can contribute to the empowerment of Muslims women as a means of achieving peace and justice for all people.

Heba Youssef: Heba was a student at Hartford Seminary, receiving a M.A. in Christian- Muslim relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. She plans to serve the Muslim community in the capacity of a Muslim chaplain, and is currently interning as the first ever Muslim chaplain at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Ebadur Rahman: Ebadur memorized the Qur'an at the age of 15. He studied for four years in the pilot seminary program at the Zaytuna Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. He completed an undergraduate degree from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. His concentration at Gallatin involves using history and sociology to look at challenges facing the contemporary Muslim American community. He served as a teacher's assistant at the Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive from 2008-2010 and serves as an instructor at the Muslim Education and Converts Center of America (MECCA).

Matthew Ingalls: Matthew is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at University of Puget Sound where he teaches: Introduction to Islam, Islam in America, Sharia Law, Law and Religion, Jihad and Islamic Fundamentalism, Religion and Rhetoric, and Sufism. Matthew received his PhD from the Islamic Studies Program at Yale University. He has written many books and articles including; Egypt and Islam: A History published in 2016 (Princeton University with co-author Clark Lombardi). His articles have appeared in the New York Times.

Imtiaz Uddin Uzair: Imtiaz studied at St. John's University and Hartford Seminary. He also has a law degree.

Past Programs

Since 2009, the Mahmoud S Taman Trust, through the Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin, has provided financial support to community organizations in the Chippewa Valley, the United States, and internationally.

Past Programs

The following organizations received funding:

Chippewa Valley and Northwestern Wisconsin:

Sojourner House-Catholic Charities: to support the opening of a homeless shelter in Eau Claire, WI

JONAH / Eau Claire County Jail: to provide books for the Stop and Think program which works to successfully transition inmates back into their communities

Chippewa Valley Book Festival-Eau Claire Regional Arts Center: to support the 13th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival

Chippewa Valley Post: for the start-up support of this online community publication

Barron Islamic Center: to fund the mosque in Barron, WI

Around the United States:

The Medina Clinic, Inc.: to support the free medical clinic in Grandview, Missouri

The Egypt Conference Inc.: for the conference on post-revolution Egypt in Washington, DC in 2011

African American Holiday Association: to help fund a documentary on African American Muslim Women directed by Zarinah Shakir.


Hope and Future Society of the Village of Shubra Bas: to fund an adult literacy program in Shebeen ElKom, Mounifiya, Egypt

Islamisk-Kristent Studicenter: to fund humanitarian efforts which worked to provide medical aid to Syrians

Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt of the Egyptian Orthodox Church: for medical needs of Egyptians during the revolutionary protests of 2011

Arab Medical Union: for medical needs of Egyptians during the revolutionary protests of 2011