Friday, April 29, 2011

ILIA Discusses Repentance at Loyola Blakefield School

ILIA's founder Ayman Nassar joined Rabbi Ilyse, Director, Kramer of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, and Pastor Pat Goodman, Youth Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church  at Loyola Blakefield School to discuss the concept of Repentance in the three faiths of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Loyola Blakefield, an all boys middle and high school, invited three leaders for the three faiths as part of their Lent season educational programming on March 30th, 2010. The event was attended by 970, three of whom are Muslim.

The event started with an introduction by Joe Cordella, Director of Campus Ministry where he shared the mission of a Loyola Blakefield student. Principal, Antony Day ended the program  by thanking the guests and students, after a short reflection and summary by Fr. Tim Brown.

March 2011 in a Snippet

Hold Leadership in Research on Saturday March 26th, 2011
  • 96 students from 3 (VA, MD, DE) states and DC
  • Students as old as 60 and as young as 9
  • Families, infants, newly wed couples, teens and mid-age adults
  • New York Hall of Science, Museum of Moving Image & Central Park
  • Pre-recorded interviews, documentaries, Quran, motivational speeches, halaqas and team competitions
  • Football, free time, all you can eat dinner, lunch and breakfast

Speaking to 970 Young Men at Loyola Bakerfield College, Wednesday March 30th, 2011
  • 970 middle and high school students at Loyola Bakersfield Catholic school in Towson
  • Brief discussion on repentance, Allah's attributes and forgiveness

EmpowerOne, March 2011
  • ILIA's fifth student joins EmpowerOne

Leader to Mankind
  • Accounting 101 class completed in April alhamedellah
  • 6 sessions, 8 students, 1 shelter
Mission Excellence
  • Two new students, tutoring in math
Sharing the Mission
  • Sponsored Howard County's Community Action Council Food Bank
  • Sponsored DC MIST 2011 Business Venture Competition Awards (8 weeks paid internship at ILIA - 1st place ($250 value); 2 free ILIA classes - 2nd place ($120 value); 1 free ILIA class - 3rd place ($75 value))
  • Sponsored Metro Washington Quran Recitation Competition (MWQRC 2011)
Community Support
  • $200 zakat donation to a head of household who lost her job this month
Joint Programs
  • Teamed with an intern from University of Maryland
  • Recorded a teen talk show on the Egyptian revolution
  • Proposal to be submitted to Good Morning America and other programs to promote teen awareness and interest in news programming 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Various Scholarships

ILIA is not responsible for the accuracy of information in any of these links, not for its adherence to Islamic values.
AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves.
Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school.
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund
For students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity and academia.
American Copy Editors Society Scholarship
Available to junior, senior and graduate students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.
AORN Foundation Scholarship
For students studying to be nurses and perioperative nurses pursuing undergrad and grad degrees.
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
For students who indicate a sincere interest in an automotive related career.
AWG Minority Scholarship For Women
Encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.
AXA Achievements Scholarship
Provides more than $600K in annual scholarships to 52 students - one from each state.
Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships
Awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the IT Healthcare field.
Best Buy Scholarship
For students in grades 9-12 who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate program upon high school graduation.
Burger King Scholars Program
For high school seniors who have part-time jobs and excel academically in school.
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Developed to assist minority and disabled students, but open to all who meet the requirements.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Four-year achievement-based scholarships given to 250 high school seniors each year.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.
Dell Scholars Program
For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology
For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Discovery Scholarship
Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school.
Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships
Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news.
EMPOWER Scholarship Award
Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.
Fulbright Scholar Program
Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.
Future Engineers Scholarship Program
For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance.
Gates Millenium Scholarship
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students.
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who wan to write their way to college money.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship
For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders.
Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need.
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship
Provides travel opportunities for students of color who are traditionally under-represented in such programs.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Provides fellowships to students who excel in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund
To increase diverse students' access to talent development opportunities through teacher training.
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
For low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community.
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
For cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need.
KFC Colonel's Scholars Program
For college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 2.75.
Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.

National Achievement Scholarship
Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.
National Black Police Association Scholarships
For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research.
National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.

PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
Established for students in the field of project management or a project management related field.

Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.
Siemen Competition
Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.
Tri-Delta Scholarships
For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.
Tylenol Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.

United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
For students seeking a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.

Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.

William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.
Writer's Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information technnology.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Youth Development Center Project Plan

Join the finalists of the Youth Project Management course YPM 201 as they discuss project plans for a new youth community center in Baltimore City. Six youth project managers will present 6 project plans for the development of a leadership development center in Baltimore City. Each participant will have 10 minutes to share the details of her/his plan and why it is a recommended choice.

Come witness the excitement as professional judges determine which plan meets the needs the best !!

Attendance is free, and dinner will be served inshaa Allah. However we can not accept walkins, you must register for free to attend.

RSVP Here :

When: Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Where: Dar Al-Taqwa, Ellicott City

Tentative agenda:
5:00pm Asr
5:30pm Start competition - Each project manager has 10 minutes to present.
6:30pm Dinner
7:15pm Announce winners
7:30pm Maghrieb
8:00pm Adjourn

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2011 Muslim Youth debate Tournament

Assalamu Alaikum wr wb,
Dear Past and Prospective Muslim Youth Debate Participants,

May this message find you in the best state of mind, in good health and in strong Imaan.

Are you ready to compete in the Muslim Youth Debate Tournament?  Hurry and  register your team on-line at: 
 for the upcoming Debate tournament on 19 June 2011 at Al Huda School, College Park, Maryland.  We can accommodate only 20 teams.

2011 Debate Workshop Schedule:
- 21 May 2011 at ADAMS Center at 2pm
- 28 May 2011 at ISWA at 2pm
-  4 June 2011 at PGMA at 2pm

We look forward to your participation at our 2011 debate tournament, insha'Allah.


For questions or comments, please contact at

Muslim Youth Debate 2010 Coordinator

ps:  Debate topics will be made available soon. visit the website.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Free 4-Hr Java Training, April 9, 2011

Join IEEE Baltimore on Saturday April 9, 2011, 10 am-2 pm at the National Electronics Museum, as internationally known Java expert Marty Hall gives a super-compressed crash course on Java programming.

  Java Programming: A Crash Course in the Basics

Course Description:

Java is the world's most popular and widely-applied programming language, but it is large, complex, and sometimes difficult to get started with. This FREE, four-hour, fast-moving mini-course first gives an overview of Java and its application areas, then covers specific details of the most basic syntax and most important programming strategy: object-oriented programming.

BONUS: if you have a Windows laptop with a USB port, come 45 minutes early or stay late, and Marty will walk you through installing Java 6, Eclipse (a Java editor and development environment), sample code, Java programming exercises, and exercise solutions.


The course is aimed at engineers, scientists, and others that have experience in *some* high-level programming language; it will move too quickly for first-time programmers. No previous Java experience is expected.

About the Instructor

Marty Hall is the president of, a training and consulting company focused on Java EE, Ajax, JSP/servlets, JSF 2.0, and similar technologies. He is the author of 6 popular books on Java Enterprise technology that are published in English and 12 foreign languages. He has given Java-related training courses in 7 countries and dozens of US venues, and has spoken at Java and WWW-related conferences around the world, including 5 times at JavaOne. Marty is also adjunct faculty in the Johns Hopkins part-time Master's program in Computer Science, where he directs the Java and Web-related concentration areas. More details can be found at:

Additional info:

The Continuing EE Engineering (CEEE) courses are free to IEEE members. Non-members will also be considered, subjects to available slots. Course participants who are IEEE members are eligible for CEU credits from the IEEE.

The seminars take place on Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, at the National Electronics Museum (former Historic Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Rd., Linthicum, MD

Coffee and donuts will be available to all participants during the course free of charge.

To register, please contact Dr. Boris Gramatikov, Director for Continuing EE Education for the Baltimore Section, at: Please include your IEEE member number and the name of your current employer in your requests for registration.

Science, Engineering, and Technology Congressional Visits Day

Registration is open for 2011 CVD.

The Science, Engineering and Technology Congressional Visits Day will be held on April 6-7, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Space is very limited and First Time Attendees are encouraged.

IEEE-USA members may register on the web site:

The 2-day event brings together over 200 scientists, engineers, academicians and other technology officials to visit their Congressional delegations to support Federal research and development programs. Over 25 companies, associations and universities support this event that includes Congressional and Administrative briefings, a Congressional reception and technology exhibit focusing on employment.

JHU Engineering Innovation Summer Program for High School Students

Engineering Innovation is a summer program that offers high school students the opportunity to learn to think and problem-solve like an engineer, while earning college credit. Students apply their knowledge of math and science to practical projects, and see concepts they’ve learned in high school classrooms come alive.

Engineering Innovation is offered at multiple sites around the country. Some locations are 4 weeks long and others are 5 weeks. Local sites are in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County and Washington D.C. Sites are also offered in Los Angeles, New York, Central Pennsylvania and Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Application forms, deadlines, site information, schedules, tuition and scholarship information, and more details about the program can be found at:

Buckybots and Ribbon Fins: Developing New Ways to Deploy Compact Mobile Robotic Platforms

  Michael Kutzer
  Chris Brown

  Wednesday, April 6, 2011

  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

  National Electronics Museum (NEM)
  1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090

For contact and cost information and a description of the talk, see the meeting notice at:
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