On June 5, 2011, Barnard College held a memorial service for alumnae who passed away in the last year, and invited family and friends to attend.
Shaheena’s father, Nizar Karimi, along with Azizuddin Karimi, Kavita Goyal, Shenaz Jetha, and Ravindra Vashi attended the service. At the service, Kavita Goyal, Shaheena’s close friend and also a Barnard alum, spoke a few words about Shaheena, and announced the establishment of the Shaheena Karimi Excellence through Service Award. The agreement to create an endowment was signed with Barnard College prior to this service, and both faculty and staff who attended were very excited about the scholarship. Others who attended the service also expressed how the scholarship will be an excellent way to honor a loved one and to fulfill Shaheena’s goal to give back to Barnard.