First Place $500 Scholarship and Second Place $250 Scholarship for a College Bound
Graduating Senior in 2014 (est. 2006)
Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. was a physician who practiced in the greater Kansas City
area for over 27 years. He was married to Mahnaz Shabbir and had four children, Ali,
Adil, Abbas and Ahmed. During his lifetime, he was active in the community serving the
health care needs at various hospitals, universities and in his own private practice as a
In addition, he was involved in working with people of many faiths not just in the health
care area, but also in community activities. Unfortunately, his life was cut short on
January 22, 2006 at the age of 57 after fighting a debilitating autoimmune disease called
In his memory, the family has started the Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. Memorial
Scholarship through the Crescent Peace Society. This scholarship will be awarded to a
college bound graduating senior who has written the most compelling essay about
the importance of peace and understanding in a pluralistic world. This 500-word
essay contest is open to any graduating senior from a high school located in the greater
Kansas City area.
This is a blind essay. The judges will not know who has written the essay. In order to
keep the essay blind, students need to submit their essay with the enclosed cover sheet.
The essay itself should only include the Student’s ID number and the Student’s High
School code (the code that is used on ACT/SAT tests). This information should be
located in the header of the essay. The cover sheet should be stapled on top of the
Essays should be mailed to Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M. D. Memorial Scholarship, P.O.
Box 23175, Overland Park, Kansas 66283. The deadline is April 30, 2015.
The winners will be announced the first week of May and awarded at the student’s high
school awards ceremony. The winners will also be guests to the annual Crescent Peace
Society dinner held in the fall. If they are not able to attend, then a 2 minute video will
need to be submitted.
For more information, please contact Mahnaz Shabbir at 816.213.2536,