August 26st, 2017—Today, the Andala Initiative is happy to announce this year’s Avicenna Scholars. The 2017 class of scholars were chosen from a large pool of talented Muslim high school juniors from across the nation and were selected for their outstanding academic accomplishments, community service, leadership and commitment to ‘pay it forward’ and mentor future scholars. Through the Avicenna Scholars Program, they will receive mentorship as well as financial support, and help securing internship opportunities. 

The Avicenna Scholars Program was started with the hope of supporting high achieving but disadvantaged American Muslim students advance their education. We believe that education is the best investment a young person can make in their future, and our goal is not only to help our scholars to get into college, but to help them launch their careers. The 2017 scholars are the second class of the Avicenna Scholars Program and will join a two other amazing scholars, who will both matriculate to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

This year’s scholars are:

Mariamou Abdoulaye (Portland, OR) 

Arriving in the US as a refugee and as a young teenager, Mariamou navigated the challenges of a new country, new language and new schooling system, all while excelling academically. In addition to her scholastic achievements, she is active in her community through her work serving free food, maintaining the mosque and teaching.


Omar Alani (Malden, MA)

Ranked first in his class, Omar is not only an outstanding scholar, but is also dedicated to serving his community through extensive youth work with the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) as well as coaching young athletes.


Hoda Harraz (Hercules, CA)

Ranked first in her class, Hoda demonstrates independence and dedication to her studies even in the face of challenging circumstances. In addition to her academic achievements, Hoda gives back to her community by tutoring middle school students.


Congratulations to our scholars!