Our purpose is to support students in obtaining education beyond high school in the form of a monetary award and increase their cultural awareness.

Grant objectives

We ask graduating students to write an essay with a minimum of 500 words and present that essay to a group (i.e., family, friends, classmates, etc.). To compete for the grants, students must submit an essay along with an electronic recording of the presentation to

In their introduction, students should provide contact information for their school administrator along with the university, college, or vocational training program they plan to enter after high school. Anyone can submit questions to the same email address. Students may use one of the following topics:

  • Who was Benjamin Rush?  What were his accomplishments and contributions in American history?
  • Who is Benjamin Banneker? Why is he important in history?
  • How has Al-Islam impacted the world throughout history?
  • There are eighteen lawgivers in the Frieze around The Supreme Court building. Please pick three lawgivers and discuss their relevance to the history of the world’s legal systems?
  • What contributions have women made to the legal system, past and present?

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2022. The foundation awards the grants on June 1, 2022.

Recognition Breakfast to honor the award winners will be announced this August.

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Grant Prizes

$ 1
1st Place
$ 1
2nd Place
$ 1
3rd Place
Sister Beatrice Rahman

About Sister Beatrice Rahman

Sister Beatrice Rahman (1935-1989) was one of the founding members of Masjid Bilal of Cleveland and wife of its first Resident Imam, Clyde Rahman. She dedicated her life to providing opportunities and education to the youth.

The Masjid Bilal of Cleveland Foundation Grant was created to provide mentorship coaching, educational teaching, training workshops, and human services to youth and adults to improve the quality of life.