Scholarships for Iranian-American Students

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As part of its greater effort to increase Iranian-American civic participation, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has compiled information on US scholarships available specifically to students of Iranian heritage, funded by Iranian-American donors. Full access to higher education is part of the lifeline of any community in the information age and we encourage students to take full advantage of these scholarships.

This is not a comprehensive list. We invite anyone to contact us regarding any other existing scholarships specifically geared towards Iranian-American students.The scholarships listed below are provided by Iranian-American organizations not affiliated with the National Iranian American Council.

For more information, please contact the respective organization associated with each scholarship.

 

Children of Persia

About: The Children of Persian Scholarship Program was established in 1999 with the simple objective of promoting the well-being of Iranian children by providing assistance in areas of healthcare, education, and social services. The focus of the scholarship is to assist students with financial need to meet their goal to attend or continue with their higher education.

Deadline: April 25, 2016

Eligibility:

  • Iranian descent
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully reside in the United States
  • Attend an accredited American college or university
  • Good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher)

-Complete and submit Application Form, including:
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page essay
  • An official transcript

Award: $1,000 per-semester (total $2,000)

Website: http://childrenofpersia.org/


Foroutan Scholarship

About: The Foroutan Foundation has established a new scholarship program, the Foroutan Scholarship, available to eligible and qualified students admitted to an accredited university, college, or vocational school in California.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. PDT on MAY 15, 2016

Eligibility:

  • The recipient shall maintain a full-time academic schedule in each year of the Scholarship at an accredited university, college or vocational school in California
  • Must be first generation immigrants to the United States (Strong preference will be given to Iranian applicants)
  • U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA from public high school
  • Applicants will be first year students in an undergraduate program or transfer students from a community college

Award: $10,000 per year 

Website: http://www.foroutanfoundation.org/pdf/2016/FOR%20-%20Scholarship%20Announcement%202016.pdf


The Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

About: In 1998 the Iranian-American Scholarship fund was created by Iranian-Americans in San Diego, California seeking to create scholarships for students of Iranian heritage. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and a commitment to community service. The Iranian-American Scholarship fund provides scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and International students.

Deadline: June 11, 2016

Eligibility:

  • Verifiable Iranian heritage
  • US citizenship OR legal permanent residency with a valid permanent resident card
  • Enrollment as a full-time Undergraduate (Freshmen not eligible) or Graduate (PhDs not eligible) student in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service
  • A scholarship will be awarded to a full-time Undergraduate, Graduate or PhD applicant in the field of Iranian Studies at an accredited institution in the U.S. (all other eligibility requirements apply – such as Iranian heritage, citizenship/residency, GPA, financial need, community service)
  • Scholarship applicants are limited to receiving two years of undergraduate scholarship and/or one year of graduate scholarship

Award: varies

Websitehttp://www.iasfund.org/apply-here/


Momeni Foundation

About: Based in Portland, Oregon, The Momeni Foundation was established in 2001 as a result of the efforts of its President, Moji Momeni. The philanthropic motivation of the Foundation can, according to Moji, be embodied in the following excerpt of Persian verse: “Digaraan kaashtand o maa khordeem; Maa bekaareem o digaraan bokhorand (As others planted for us to harvest; so shall we plant for others to harvest)”  

Deadline: June 30th of each year

 

1-Scholastic Acheivement Scholarship: Available to students graduating from high school



Eligibility:

  • Iranian Descent

-Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (Scholastic Achievement) or 3.0 (Financial Assistance)
  • Must be enrolling or enrolled in an accredited college

Award: $1,000 (at least 3)

 

2-Financial Assistance Scholarship: 
Available to all graduating high school students and current collge students of all levels regardless of citizenship and or country of residency.

Eligibility:

  • Iranian Descent
  • Copy of document indicating acceptance to college
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00

Award: $500 – $1,000 (at least 10)

Website: http://www.momenifoundation.org/Apps.html


Iranian-American Bar Association

About: The Iranian-American Bar Association, formed in 2000 in the District of Columbia, provides law students with the opportunity to obtain the IABA Scholarship. The IABA scholarship was designed to help advance law students in the Iranian-American community.

Deadline: March 31st of each year

Eligibility:

  • Be of Iranian descent or committed to the advancement of the Iranian American community and IABA’s mission
  • Be enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States
  • In the position to accept the scholarship in the school year for which it is being awarded
  • Full time student  
  • Not be receiving full funding from another organization (e.g. members of the armed services)

Award: 

  • $10,000 scholarship to a female Iranian American law student
  • $5,000 scholarship to an Iranian American law student
  • 3-month career coaching package, and full-tuition scholarship to attend a Practice Pro Career Conference and/or New Attorney Basics seminar.

Website: http://www.iabafoundation.org/scholarship/


The Islamic Scholarship Fund

About: The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Hamid Rezapour. ISF was founded to address the problem that American Muslims are underrepresented in the fields of humanities, social sciences and liberal arts and by providing scholarships for higher education in such fields, we plan to address this shortage.  

Scholarships are awarded to Muslim students who have been accepted to top-ranked four-year colleges and universities for undergraduate and post-graduate studies majoring in humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, and law.

Deadline: March 21st, 2017

Eligibility:

  • Muslim or active member of the Muslim community
  • Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2017
  • Majoring in an ISF supported major
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.
  • An undergraduate (sophomore/junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD)

Award: $2,000 – $5,000 (multiple winners)

Website: http://islamicscholarshipfund.org/scholarships/


Houtan Foundation

About: In an attempt to express the humanitarian and scholarly spirit of the Iranian culture, the Houtan Foundation (founded by Dr. Mina Houtan) offers a scholarship to students from all origins that have shown high academic performance and an interest in promoting Iran’s great culture, heritage, language and civilization. The candidates for the award must demonstrate leadership ability and the desire to make a difference in the societies in which they reside. The Houtan Foundation has a strong interest in each of these students’ achievements throughout the scholarship period and beyond, as the foundation’s goal is to participate in each student’s success.

Deadline: June 1st of each year

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have a working knowledge of Persian and demonstrate an interest in Iranian culture, heritage, and literature
  • Must be enrolled/enrolling in an accredited graduate school
  • Financial need can be a factor

Award: $3,500 per year toward graduate school education

Website: http://www.houtan.org/


The H.A.N.D. Research Foundation

About: The H.A.N.D. Research Foundation, established in 2003, has as its mission the promotion of research and understanding about Iran’s economy. The acronym H.A.N.D. was inspired by the Persian proverb of “one hand has no sound” and the names of the founders’ children whom they hope will carry on with philanthropic work throughout their lives. Through H.A.N.D., students are offered the chance to obtain either the Bita Daryabari Scholarship for Women in Economics or the H.A.N.D. Research Foundation Scholarship.

Deadline: April 1st of each year

Eligibility:

  • Must be of Iranian origin
  • Must have gained admission to one of the following PhD economics programs:

Harvard University, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, University, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics (LSE), Columbia University, Oxford University 

Award: One grant of up to $30,000 per academic year for a first-year PhD student studying economics 

Website: http://www.handresearch.org/pages/scholarships_details.php?scid=1679091c5a880faf6fb5e6087eb1b2dc


The Iranian Scholarship Foundation

About: The Iranian Scholarship Foundation (ISF) was founded in 2000 by Mrs. Azadeh Hariri, with the vision of creating an effective scholarship program for Iranian-American students in the United States. Mrs. Hariri’s vision also included a desire to ensure that the second generation of Iranians coming of age in the United States retain their Iranian heritage, while at the same time adjusting competently to American society, by being the best and brightest students, and eventually arriving in skilled, decision-making positions where they can influence not only Iranian Americans, but the greater public’s perception of them.

 

1- Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st of each year

Eligibility:

  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Be enrolled or accepted one of the top universities in the United States
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 4.0 or higher
  • Have a portfolio of community service
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 2000 or ACT score of 30

Award: $2,000

Websitehttp://theisf.org/scholarships/dr-ali-jarrahi-merit-scholarship/

 

2- Excellence in Community Service Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st of each year

Eligibility:

  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Be enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited university in the United States
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have a portfolio of community service
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1850 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

Award: varies

Websitehttp://theisf.org/scholarships/excellence-in-community-service-scholarship/

 

3- ISF Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st of each year

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduates only, no graduate student scholarships are available at this time.
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Be enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited university in the United States
  • Demonstrate Financial need
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have participated in community service and continue to do so
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1850 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

Award: varies

Websitehttp://theisf.org/scholarships/isf-undergraduate-scholarship/


Persian Language Program at University of Maryland

 

1- Roshan Institute Scholarship for Excellence in Persian Studies

About: Made possible by a generous gift from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute in 2010, the Roshan Institute Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Persian Studies (RIUS) is an endowed fund to provide scholarships for Persian Studies majors or double-majors at the University of Maryland.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Eligibility:

  • University of Maryland undergraduate student
  • Persian Studies major or double major
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher   
  • Previous recipients are not eligible

Award: $1,000 (5 winners)

 

2- The Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies

About: Established in 2006 by His Excellency Dr. Jamshid Amouzegar, the Ulrike and Jamshid Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies (AMUS) is an endowed fund to provide annual scholarships for freshman or sophomore students who are seeking a double major, major or minor in Persian Studies.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Eligibility:

  • University of Maryland undergraduate student
  • Persian Studies major, double-major, or minor
  • Freshman or sophomore enrolled in a Persian language course (100-, 200-, & 300-level Persian language courses)
  • Both heritage and non-heritage students are eligible
  • Overall GPA: 3.25
  • Native speakers of Persian are ineligible

Award: $1,000 (5 winners)

 

3- The Persian Studies Essay Award

About: Made possible by a generous gift from the Iranian-American philanthropist, Mr. Hossein Amirsaleh, in 2010,The Persian Studies Essay Award is an endowed fund to recognize outstanding undergraduate student essays submitted in partial fulfillment of a Persian Studies course requirements.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Eligibility:

  • University of Maryland undergraduate student
  • Enrolled in a Persian Studies course offered in English
  • Previous recipients of this award are not eligible

Award: $500 (2 winners)

Websitehttp://sllc.umd.edu/persian/undergraduate/scholarships%3B%20Roshan%20Institute


The Persian Scholarship Foundation

Future Programs: Depending on contributions received from the Iranian-American community, the Persian Scholarship Foundation aims to expand its current award programs and add the following programs in the future.

1- New Iranian Students’ Fellowship Program: Every year, hundreds of graduate students from Iran apply to and gain admission to some of the most elite universities in the United States. They tackle the TOEFL and the multiple standardized admission exams, pass the exams with high marks and after receiving admission to the school of their dreams, they find that they are unable to seek financial aid in the US. As a result, they decline their admission. The goal of this program is to address this issue. With over half of the population in Iran under the age of 25, Iranians have never before been so young, energetic, and so much in need of opportunities for career growth and development. With the assistance of contributions from the Iranian-American community, the Persian Scholarship Foundation hopes to launch this program in the future to provide partial / full tuition scholarships to exceptionally talented Iranian students who have been admitted to top-tier universities in the United States, but are unable to attend due to their financial circumstances.

2- Women’s Leadership Award: This program will aim to recognize outstanding Iranian-American women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities as students and show promise for future leadership within the Iranian-American community.

3- Avicenna Fellowship: Named in honor of Iran’s most famous physician-philosopher whose book The Canon of Medicine was the primary medical textbook in European medical schools for seven centuries, this program will aim to recognize and provide scholarship assistance to students in the biomedical fields.

4- Mossadegh Fellowship: Named in honor of Iran’s former Prime Minister, this program aims to recognize and provide assistance to students who are interested in pursuing public leadership careers. Iranian-Americans are highly qualified and under-represented in American politics. This fellowship aims to encourage talented students considering careers in public service in the United States.

Website: http://www.persianscholarship.org/future_programs.htm


Iranian American Academics and Professionals

About: Iranian American Academics and Professionals (Washington DC) Student Scholarship Award program was established in 2005 and since then several  Iranian graduate and undergraduate students have received the award.The main goal of the award is to acknowledge the accomplishments by fellow Iranians students in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area, and further motivate them to serve the Iranian communities through active participation in cultural and scientific activities.

Deadline: September 25th to October 25th of each year

Eligibility: All Iranian and Iranian-American undergraduate and graduate students who attend one of the universities or colleges in the Mid-Atlantic states particularly in the greater DC metropolitan area and Northeast of the United States are eligible to apply. The school attendance should be on a full-time basis.

Award: $500 (5 winners)

Website: http://www.iaapdc.org/student-scholarship-awards/


Society of Iranian-American Women for Education

About: A major activity of The Society of Iranian American-Women for Education(SIAWE) is to provide scholarships to qualified college or university students to enhance their educational opportunities. Each year a number of students are selected based on available funding, the number of applicants and their qualifications to receive an SIAWE’s scholarship through the school they attend.

Currently SIAWE offers scholarships at the following schools:

  • ALAMO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
  • HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • LONE STAR COLLEGE
  • RICE UNIVERSITY
  • TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (COLLEGE STATION)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
  • UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
  • UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

Website: http://siawe.org/scholarships/


Ansari Scholarship at Arizona State University

About: The Ansari Scholarship was established by the Ansari family to provide financial support to deserving ASU students of Iranian or Persian heritage and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Arizona State University
  • Must be US Citizens or US Permanent Residents of Iranian or Persian heritage
  • Minimum GPA: 3.20

Award: $2,000 (3 winners)

Website: https://scholarships.asu.edu/scholarship/33825


Iranian Association of Boston Student Scholarship

About: Established in 1989, The Iranian Association of Boston (IAB) is a non-political, non-religious organization and has no affiliation with any political or religious organization. The Iranian Association of Boston is dedicated to promoting the cultural and social understanding of Iran. IAB is deeply committed to meeting the needs of the growing Iranian and Iranian American community. The organization strives solely on volunteer involvement. In order to help talented students with interest in Iranian culture to achieve their aspirations, IAB grants scholarship to students who have high academic performance as well as strong and documented interest in Iranian culture and society. IAB has deep interest in each of these students’ achievements throughout the scholarship period and beyond.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must have legal immigration status
  • Applicant must be either of Iranian descent or have demonstrated active interest in Iranian culture and heritage
  • Applicant must be a registered student in an accredited graduate or undergraduate higher education institution in any of the states in New England during the period of the scholarship
  • Scholarship shall only be granted at the time that the student is enrolled in an academic institution in New England
  • Past recipients of this scholarship are not eligible; however, previous applicants may re-apply
  • Applicant must not be a relative of any members of the IAB Scholarship Committee, Council Members, and Executive Officers

Award: varies

Website: http://iaboston.org/us/index.php/forms-2/student-scholarship