The Outstanding Ash Shaheed Scholarship Fund!

On August 9, 2015 ASSF awarded the class of 2015 recipients with


ASSF will host it’s

16th Annual Fundraising Event & Auction

on Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crowne Plaza

5700 Westpark Drive Charlotte, NC 28217

Keynote Speaker Nasif Majeed

Entertainment by Kimberly Khalimah

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The purpose of the Ash-Shaheed Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to a diverse group of students in the North and South Carolina area.


The mission of the Ash-Shaheed Scholarship Fund (ASSF) is to support the education of our youth. Our main objective is to financially assist high school graduates entering their first year of college. Our secondary focus is to support educational institutions.


Ash-Shaheed Scholarship Fund began as a vision of Carolyn Yasmin Saleem who experienced the struggles of  putting a child through college, as her daughter would be her family’s first college graduate.  Carolyn wanted to help more families in her community afford to send their children to college so she formed a committee of parents and grandparents of college students and college graduates.  The ASSF committee called on their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers for personal donations.  ASSF began awarding scholarships within the Charlotte  community in 2000. Since then over 74 scholarships have been awarded.


What makes this scholarship so diverse is that we give to students regardless of their race, religion, college course of study, or post secondary institution.

While operating as a small community committee for 7 years, ASSF raised funds and awarded scholarships totaling over $38,000.  In 2008, ASSF became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which enabled more funding.

*As of 2014, ASSF has awarded over $141,000!

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Meet the ASSF Board of Directors

President – Karim Muhammad is a strong supporter for the ASSF and this is his fifth year serving as a board member.

Secretary – Helen Davis has been a supporter of the ASSF for the past 15 years.

Wahab Arzeyz is serving his third year as a board member.

Shelton Hasan is serving his second year as a board member.

Charles Malik has been a supporter for the past 15 years.    


Lawrence Muhammad moved to Charlotte from Massachusetts in 2010.  He is a retired sheet metalworker and a strong supporter of education.  This is his third year serving as a board member.          

Rasheedah Shamsid-Deen is a North Carolina native. Her passion to see children further their education prompted her to join ASSF 15 years ago. She has nine children and a host of grands and great grands.

Veda Shamsid-Deen is the legal advisor for the ASSF. Ms. Shamsid-Deen is a seasoned securities and corporate attorney. She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, Iain and triplet sons, Khalid, Aidan and Dillon.

Meet the ASSF Staff


Executive Director – Carolyn Yasmin Saleem is the small business owner of Yasmin’s Pies and Catering. She is a native of North Carolina. She has worked with the ASSF for 15 years.

Administrative Assistant (acting board secretary) – Hafeeza Muhammad has been a supporter of the ASSF for the past 9  years. Hafeeza attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. This is her sixth year serving as administrative assistant.


Financial Secretary (acting board treasurer) – Alana Davenport is a regional office generalist at Scholastic Book Fairs of Charlotte, NC. Alana attended Livingstone College and has been living in Charlotte for over 20 years. This is her sixth year serving as financial secretary.


Donor Relations Coordinator – Joi Kennedy is a travel blogger.  She attended Virginia State University and is a native of Charlotte. Joi has worked with the ASSF for 15 years.


Scholarship Coordinator – Vivian Andrewshas worked with the ASSF for 7 years. She is a retired educator and mother of 1 daughter, Ashleigh.


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