S.I.S.T.E.R.S. & SAF RAISING $75,000 TO ENDOW THE SHARIFA ALKHATEEB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO SUPPORT 3 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FCPS STUDENTS
(Falls Church, VA, March 7, 2007) – In recognition of Sharifa Alkhateeb’s service to Fairfax County, Virginia, S.I.S.T.E.R.S and the Sharifa Alkhateeb Foundation collaborated with College Access Fairfax to establish a memorial scholarship in January of 2007.
We are seeking to raise a total of $75,000 to perpetually endow three annual scholarships of $1000 each for Fairfax County Public Schools graduating seniors. The management of the endowment and the administration of the scholarship will be conducted by College Access Fairfax.
The Sharifa Alkhateeb Memorial Fund Scholarship will be divided into three annual scholarships which will recognize Sharifa’s work in establishing the Arabic Program in Fairfax County Public Schools, implementing diversity education within the public school system, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to social service.
Sharifa Alkhateeb was an integral part of Fairfax County, and advised schools, police departments, corporate directors, government agencies, and publishers of school textbooks on Islam and Muslims.
Mrs. Alkhateeb served Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as a diversity trainer, produced a television show from 1993 to 1997 entitled “Middle Eastern Parenting” and played a pivotal role in the establishment of Arabic as one of FCPS’s foreign language programs. The creation of this memorial scholarship will encourage students in their pursuit of higher education, and at the same time recognize the contributions Sharifa Alkhateeb made to Fairfax County.
Contributions are being accepted by College Access Fairfax. Please write “Sharifa Alkhateeb” in the memo line of your check. For additional information on the Sharifa Alkhateeb Memorial Scholarship Fund contact SAMSFund@gmail.com.
CONTACT: College Access Fairfax, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Suite 1512, Falls Church, VA 22042; Email: SAMSFund@gmail.com