Radiologist at Bluewater Health and Adjunct Professor at Western University, Vajid Khan is based out of Oakville and grew up in Ottawa. He has trained in every major city in Ontario. This has allowed him the pleasure of meeting many talented and diverse Muslims.
He is the current Chairman and co-founder of Cars & Chai Toronto (@carsandchaiTO on social media), a private club that unites automobile enthusiasts in their passion for motorsports and philanthropy. It is a platform to engage with and assist charities while members also participate in activities focused on networking and personal development.
He is past president of the MMAC (Muslim Medical Association of Canada; muslimmeds.ca). Vajid is passionate about building up the Muslim community and envisions the MMAC playing a critical role in helping our ummah unite and collaborate for the benefit of our community, all Canadians and all humanity.
He strongly feels it is the responsibility of those with much to care for those with less, and is determined to do his part to restore balance and inspire others to do the same.
“Get a summer job or win scholarships.” were the half-jokingly-relayed options given to Vajid by his parents toward the start of high school. Coming from a family that was neither poor nor rich and with parents that were highly supportive of his efforts and generous in their contributions toward his education, Vajid chose to focus on his studies and win scholarships in order to fund what he knew would be a lengthy and costly education.
Objective: The criteria on which this scholarship will be awarded are based on the areas Dr. Vajid Khan and/or his parents emphasized from a young age and are set at a high level of achievement. Scholarships like this one are meant to ease some of the large financial burden placed on every medical trainee’s shoulders. You should only have to worry about becoming a good doctor and saving lives. This scholarship is meant to help one such future doctor focus on doing exactly that.
Number of Awards: 1
Award Amount: $20,000
Applications Open: February 1st, 2020
Applications Close: April 15th, 2020
1. Self-identify as Muslim
2.Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
3. Meet the Medical School Enrollment Requirement: Eligible applicants must be enrolled in or accepted into any Canadian medical school in any year of study. Those in residency or without medical school acceptance in Canada are ineligible
4. Demonstrate Academic Excellence: Demonstrate academic excellence as measured by an applicant’s medical school GPA and class grade average. If a candidate has not yet started medical school, then he or she may submit a university (bachelor’s degree) GPA and class grade average
5. For Quebec Medical School Programs Only: A CEGEP diploma GPA and class grade average (if available) may be submitted by students who have been accepted into a Quebec-based medical program without completing another University degree
6. Demonstrate Excellence in Community Service: Eligible applicants will have a proven track record of community service toward both Muslim and non-Muslim causes. This may be discussed in a candidate’s essay
7. Demonstrate Excellence in Extra-Curricular Interests: Eligible applicants will be involved in a variety of extra-curricular interests and will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of these interests. Categories could include but are not limited to sports, art of any form, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, mentorship etc. These should be listed in the candidate’s CV and may be elaborated upon in his or her essay.
8. Demonstrate Dedication to Improving One’s Deen: Eligible candidates will have a commitment to improving his or her deen and preferably will have demonstrated and proven involvement in assisting others with the same. Each candidate must explicitly address this point in his or her essay
9. Demonstrate Excellence of Character: A candidate may use the essay to elaborate on his or her character by describing certain scenarios in which he or she has demonstrated good character in a difficult situation. Please note that eligible applicants will be required to submit a character reference letter (not from family member or friend)
10. Financial Need: The above criteria are the most important but in the event of a tie between similar candidates, the candidate with demonstrated financial need that may impede their ability to pursue his or her education or produce undue hardship will be favoured. Requires essay description of one’s financial need and related obstacles in the essay requirement