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, since her daughter would be the first college graduate from her family. Carolyn wanted to help families in her community afford to send their children to college. She formed a committee of parents and grandparents to achieve this mission to help rising college students. 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.  From 2000-2018, over 120 scholarships have been awarded totaling over $220,000.

We are a Non-profit 501(c)3  organization.

ASSF Staff

Administrative Assistant – Hafeeza Muhammad has been a supporter of the ASSF for the past 13 years.  Hafeeza attended the Universisty of Pennsylvania , Wharton School.  She currently lives in Philadelphia Pa.

This is her 11th year serving as administrative assistant.

Executive Director – Carolyn Yasmin Saleem is the small business owner of Yasmin’s Pies and Catering.  She is a native of North Carolina.  She is the founder of Ash Shaheed Scholarship Fund.

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 19


Financial Secretary - Alana Davenport

Has been the Regional Office Generalist at Scholastic Book Fairs of Charlotte, NC for 17 years.  Alana attended Livingstone College and has been living in Charlotte for 20 years.  This is her 12th year serving as financial secretary.

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. This is the second year with ASSF.


Class of 2018



Class of 2017



Class of 2016

Board Members are Karim Muhammad, Chairperson; Wahab Arzeyz,

Lawrence Muhammad, Charles Malik    Executive Director  Yasmin Saleem 

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