Fadel Educational Foundation

Rating: 4.5 stars   12 reviews

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Location: Augusta GA 30917 USA

Mission: FEF, Inc., is a non-profit educational foundation supporting education for Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The awards are distributed on a need/merit basis up to $3,500 a year for post-secondary education.
Geographic areas served: United States

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Rating: 4 stars  

Apart from last year, I have been receiving free educational grants from Fadel Foundation since 2001, maa shaa Allaah tabaraka Allaah.

A piece of advice to those who give up because they were not happy with the service:

Keep on trying. I know how tough it could be. Sometimes, I also get tough responses but I stay positive because I focus on the 'big apple' and I don't sweat the small stuff. I know i cannot afford graduate studies with my part-time job. So, I believe that Fadel Foundation is one of the ni'mahs of Allaah.

Don't give up trying. Stay away from interest-based loans and support Muslim based educational foundations no matter what.

May Allaah ease our affairs for us all and lighten our burdens in this life and the next, aameen.

Umm Abdur-Rahman

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to support them through spreading the word. And I'm already doing that because many Muslims still believe that you can never attend an American college/university without borrowing school loans. We all need to change that orientation and mentality and believe that barakah comes from something that does not incur the wrath of Allaah.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

As salaamu alaikum,

I don't remember how I came upon the Fadel Foundation. I've filled out so many scholarships over the past 2 years and have been rejected by all expect FEF. Masha Allah :) The brother is really helpful and will make the time to help you out if you have read the instructions/FAQ and you're really trying. I plan to reapply for the 2014-2015 school year, Insha Allah.

~Happy Muslimah

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fix the contact time/process.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

I was in the process of applying for this scholarship and had a few questions so I decided to email the secretary to get more information. Below is the response I received. As a Muslim, being treated by another Muslim like this really broke my heart.
______________________________________________
Secretary Fadel Educational Foundation

1:56 PM (2 hours ago)

to me
The application notes I must submit official transcripts. If I have scanned copies of my transcripts, is it ok to just submit them along with my application instead of having the institutions send them to you directly? It will save cost that way.

these are all answered in the instructions. if you don't want to follow them, don't apply.
>
> Similar question for GRE scores, is it ok if I print out my scores instead of having the institution mail them directly?
>
> read the instructions. there's no requirement for official documents on these scores.

don't ask me questions again until you read the instructions.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attend the George Washington University....aka I need roughly a quarter of a million dollars for my undergraduate degree. AKA: THANK ALLAH FOR THE FADEL SCHOLARSHIP! It's such a blessing to recieve the help from fellow muslims. I will be forever grateful for this scholarship! Insha'Allah I will donate once I become a dentist. Much love Fadel.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm currently an undergraduate student at an expensive liberal arts university (full cost: $65,000/year). FADEL, Alhamdulillah, has been incredibly helpful. Since I first applied two years ago in my senior year of high school, they have been every generous in their awards. I'm very thankful. Thank you FADEL.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving their awards.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like the other reviewers, more funding. I'm thankful for all that I have given, and would love to see that more people get it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Scholarship search.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Their financial assistance has definitely aided me in my studies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I worked in a state prison as a chaplain. My education was limited with my undergraduate degree in criminal justice. FEF provided significant funding that allowed me to complete 72 graduate credits in Islamic Chaplaincy. These specific advanced graduate studies are what is required for federal governmental employment. Other funding sources should consider matching FEF so that more qualified Muslim chaplains can be educated. My constructive feedback would be only that I hope more funding comes to FEF to help more students like myself help those incarcerated.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My graduation date is June 3, 2011. And several federal prisons have a dire need for qualified Muslim chaplains.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would change their endowment by adding at least three zeros to increase its capacity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Since that time, I have wanted to relay to the organization what a benefit they are to the public in encouraging educational goals and promoting higher education for everyone. I hope to one day be able to give back to the group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in that it allowed me to pursue my educational goals of becoming a doctor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Alsalamu Alaykum, I was a single divorced mother raising a son without any child support and working full time making 1,500 monthly when I began to work on my masters degree. Thanks to Allah for Ayman Fadel's organization that made it possible for me to complete my degree and secure a better life for myself and my son. Hussnia

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving the generous scholarships not only allowed me to complete my degree but restored my faith in people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As salaamu alaykum! Each time I remember the Fadel Foundation, I become so emotional and I start pouring down duas (prayers)for them. It was in the year 1999, when I returned to the United States to continue my studies in the health field. Then by the qadar (destiny) of Allaah, I stumbled upon the Fadel Foundation website, and got hooked up with the application process. My actual studies as an undergrad started in summer of 2001, and throughout my undergrad studies from 2001 to 2006, I was a recipient of the Fadel Foundation grants. Alhamdulilaah. I also introduced my sibs, husband, and friends. Those that applied received the grants as well. Last year, on my quest to begin graduate school, I contacted the foundation to inquire about grants for graduate studies. I was so delighted to hear their positive feedback. In short, I have been a recipient for the past nine years, alhamdulilaah.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. The other people I spread the news to, also received educational grants. It was amazing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their professionalism and the distance they would go to assist low-income deserving, talented students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and very willing to work out the awards with you and your school.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to so many students who do not have any idea that such a foundation like FEF does exist.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The FEF helped me with my medical school tuition 10 years ago. It made a huge difference to me and helped me achieve my goal of becoming a doctor. I found the FEF to be very organized & professional. I hope they continue to serve their great mission for many years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a way that I will never forget. The FEF helped me with the burden of medical school tuition.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-1-01

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