501(c)3 status
501(c)3 status

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 95 scholarships have been awarded totaling over $209,000.

Were a Non-profit 501(c)3 status organization.

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 18 years.

Administrative Assistant – Hafeeza Muhammad has been a supporter of the ASSF for the past 11 years.  Hafeeza attended the Universisty of Pennsylvania , Wharton School.  This is her 8th year serving as administrative assistant.

Financial Secretary - Alana Davenport

Has been the Regional Office Generalist at Scholastic Book Fairs of Charlotte, NC for 16 years.  Alana attended Livingstone College and has been living in Charlotte for 20 years.  This is her 11th year serving as financial secretary.

Donor Relations Coordinator – Joi Kennedy is a flight attendant for American Airlines.  She attended Virginia State University and is a native of Charlotte.  Joi has worked with the ASSF for 18


Student Liason - Leon Tanner is Warehouse Supervisor at Scholastic Book Fairs. He resides in Charlotte. He works as a mentor to kids in the community. We welcome him to ASSF this year.

Class of 2017


Class of 2016


Staff and Board Members

Ash-Shaheed Scholarship Fund

P.O. Box 676

China Grove, NC 28023

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