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Children of Persia
The COP Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to college level students with Iranian descent. Applicants must excel academically, participate in community service activities, and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully residing in the United States. The recipient may use the scholarship to attend an accredited college or university of choice within the United States. COP Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Applications are screened during the month of April by an independent panel of distinguished scholars. Finalists may be interviewed by members of the selection committee. Scholarship winners are selected based on the information received through the application and interviews.

Deadline: The application period begins March,18 2011 through April,18 2011

Qualifications:

Iranian descent US citizen or legal permanent resident of US Demonstrate financial need Attend an accredited American college or university Good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher)

For More Info: http://www.childrenofpersia.org/doc/COP_Scholorship_Program_2011.pdf

Fatemeh Moazami Endowed Scholarship for Middle East Studies--Loyola University, New Orleans

The Mrs. Fatemeh Moazami scholarship will be awarded each academic year to one or more undergraduate student(s) of Middle East Peace Studies (MEPS) at Loyola University.  The purpose of the scholarship is to promote excellence in the field of Middle East History and Peace Studies by offering incentives to eligible talented studies of the MEPS minor program.

Qualifications:

  • The recipient must be either a sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall semester and be registered during or by the end of the semester in the MEPS minor;
  • The recipient must have a minimum culmulative GPA of 3.3;
  • The recipient must have a letter of recommendation from a full time faculty member and must complete the application;
  • Women in MEPS who are of Middle Eastern origin are strongly encouraged to apply

For More Info: http://chn.loyno.edu/apply-now-meps-scholarship-deadline-september-24-2010

HAND Research Foundation

The HAND Research Foundation is part of The HAND Foundation, which was established by Ms. Noosheen Hashemi and Mr. Farzad Nazem in 2003. The HAND Research Foundation’s mission is to promote research and understanding about Iran’s economy through: Building a network of current and future Iranian economists; Providing information for researchers who work on Iran’s economy; Showcasing scholarly work by Iranian economists; Conducting conferences and forums for discussing various aspects of economic development in Iran; and Supporting research on Iran's economy and awarding scholarships to students who are admitted to PhD programs in top-ranked schools

Bita Daryabari Scholarship for Women in Economics

Bita Daryabari founder and President of Unique Zan Foundation in Redwood City, CA, who is passionate about education, health, and economic opportunities for women throughout the world, has established the “Bita Daryabari Scholarship for Women in Economics”. The scholarship will be granted to Persian-speaking women who have been admitted to economics PhD programs in one of the twenty highly-respected institutions.

One grant of up to $30,000 per academic year will be awarded to cover tuition, fees, books and materials, and living expenses for a first-year PhD student studying economics.

Qualifications: Persian-speaking women who have gained admission to select PhD economics programs

For More Info: http://www.handresearch.org/pages/scholarships_details.php?scid=a87ff679a2f3e71d9181a67b7542122c 

HAND Research Foundation Scholarship

The HAND Research Foundation seeks Persian-speaking individuals with high academic standing who are committed to pursuing a PhD in the field of economics. Currently, one grant of up to $30,000 per academic year will awarded to cover tuition, fees, books and materials, and living expenses for a first-year PhD student studying economics.

Qualifications:

  • Persian-Speaking Individuals
  • 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

For More Info: http://www.handresearch.org/pages/scholarships_details.php?scid=1679091c5a880faf6fb5e6087eb1b2dc

Houtan Scholarship Foundation

The Houtan Foundation offers scholarships to students from all origins, Iranian and non-Iranian, who have high academic performance and proven 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 society, where 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. At the present time, the Houtan Foundation offers the award of $2,500 per semester which will be given toward a graduate school education for the selected applicant. The award will be offered each fall and spring semester.

Deadline: Please submit the application no later than June 1st for the fall semester and Oct. 1st for the spring semester.

Qualifications: Intermediate level knowledge of Persian Active interest in Iranian culture, heritage, and literature Gained admission to a graduate school Good Academic Standing

For More Info: http://www.houtan.org/application.asp

Iranian American Bar Association

IABA issues one or more scholarships each year to law students in good standing enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. The scholarships take the form of bursaries. IABA consider today's law students as future leaders of our community and is committed to developing its rapport with the Iranian American law student body nationwide, soliciting their input and encouraging their contribution to the organization's initiatives.

Deadline: April 1st

Qualifications:

  • 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

For More Info: http://www.iaba.us/Content.aspx?pg=2-3

The Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1997 by a small group of philanthropic-minded individuals in San Diego, California, the IASF began as a “Mother Fund” at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), creating the first scholarship at UCSD for Iranian-American students supported by the Iranian community. Since then, the IASF has grown into an independent non-profit organization which awards scholarships throughout the nation to students of Iranian ancestry. The IASF does not provide scholarships for schools outside the U.S.

Deadline: May 18th

Qualifications:

  • 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 through the FAFSA Demonstrated commitment to community service

For More Info: http://www.iasfund.org/applications.htm

The Iranian American Society

The Iranian American Society (IAS) is a California-based non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization, founded in Palos Verdes, California in 1991. The Iranian American Society (IAS) Education Committee awards scholarship to 5 qualified Iranian American students attending an accredited college or university each academic year in order to promote education within the Iranian American Community and to provide financial assistance to those students who exhibit academic excellence and financial needs.

Deadline: June 10th

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled/enrolling full-time at an accredited university
  • Good standing with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher

For More Infohttp://iascal.org/scholarship/index.htm

The Iranian Association of Boston's IAB Scholarship Fund

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: May 1st

Qualifications:

  • 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: $3,000

For More Info: http://www.iaboston.org/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=56&id=120&task=view

The Iranian Federated Women's Club

The Iranian Federated Women' s Club was formed in September 1996 in Cupertino California .The organization has none profit 501c-3 status and accept charitibale donation. Iranian Federated Women' s Club Continues Committment to help and support on Scholarship, Payvand Cultural school, events, Cultural diversity, Arts, Visual Arts, and Senior project. The Iranian Youth Scholarship fund was formed in March 2000 by a generous donation from a successful Iranian lady.

Qualifications:

  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Enrolled in an American university
  • Open to undergraduates in need of financial assistance
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or above
  • History of community work advantage, but not required

Award: Up to $10,000 per academic year

For More Info: http://www.payvand.org/IFWC_~_Foundation.html 

Iranian Relations and Affairs Fellowships at George Washington University

The George Washington University will provide a half tuition award to selected graduate students with a demonstrated interest in Iranian affairs or Iranian relations with other countries.

Contact: Dr. Hossein Askari This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualifications:The applicant must be an incoming master's or doctoral student in the George Washington University.

For More Info: http://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/iranian.html

Iranian Scholarship Foundation

The Iranian scholarship foundation (ISF) is a nonprofit organization founded to provide scholarships to the Iranian-American students in need of financial assistance. The ISF is a volunteer based organization committed to applying 100% of donated funds to student scholarships. All administrative and events costs are paid for by the foundation's founder.

ISF provides three types of scholarships. These are:

  • Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship
  • Excellence in Community Service Scholarship
  • ISF Undergraduate Scholarships

Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship

In the Fall of 2007, ISF received a large amount of funds donated to its endowment fund by Dr. Ali Jarrahi of North Carolina. ISF will award two merit scholarships to two high school students with outstanding academic records who are entering one of the top 10 universities in the US. This scholarship is not need-based.

Deadline: May 31st

Qualifications:

  • Be accepted at a top American university
  • Possess a GPA of 4.0 or higher
  • Have a portfolio of community service
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 2300 or ACT score of 31

Award: $2,000 to each recipient

For More Info: http://www.iranianscholarships.com/scholarships.html

Excellence in Community Service Scholarship

Each year ISF will award an Excellence in Community Service Scholarship to one student with an outstanding record of community service.

Deadline:May 31st

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited American University
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Have a portfolio of community service
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1850 or ACT score of 27 (if applying as a high school student)

Award: $3000

For More Info: http://www.iranianscholarships.com/scholarships.html

ISF Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited American University
  • Be in need of financial assistance
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Have participated in community service
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1850 or ACT score of 27 (if applying as a high school student)

Award:Up to $10,000 per year for up to four years

For More Info: http://www.iranianscholarships.com/scholarships.html

Islamic Scholarship Fund

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 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. ISF’s goal is to encourage Muslim students to pursue a college or post-graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, liberal arts and law through awarding annual scholarships of $1000-$10,000 to deserving students. 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: April 15th

Qualifications:

  • Muslim
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • Minimum of 3.4 GPA or higher
  • College Junior standing or above
  • Active member of local community

Award: $1000-$10,000

For More Info: www.islamicscholarshipfund.org

Jewish Vocational Service Scholarship Program

JVS Los Angeles offers hope and opportunity to its diverse community through job training, education and expert career guidance, transforming lives and empowering individuals to achieve dignity and independence. JVS' intention is to provide people with the ability to earn their own living.  All services, programs and related business enterprises are focused toward that end. The Jewish values of respect for the individual, the imperative of ethical action and the assumption of responsibility to "repair the world" infuse all aspects of the organization's operations. The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success.

Deadline: TBA for the 2012-2013 academic year

Qualifications:

  • Jewish
  • Primary Residence in Los Angeles
  • Must demostrate need

Award: $1,000-$4,000

For More Info: http://jvs-prod-web01.reliam.com/programs-and-services/jvs-scholarship-program

Momeni Foundation

Based in Portland, Oregon, the Momeni Foundation was established in 2001 as a result of the efforts of its President, Mojtaba Momeni. The Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world.

Financial Assistance Scholarship

Every year at least ten scholarships for amounts of $250 to $1000 (US dollars) each, will be awarded. The Financial Assistance Scholarship is available to all graduating high school students and current college students of Iranian descent regardless of citizenship or country of residency. All students at undergraduate, graduate or PhD levels may apply. Students planning to attend or attending universities in Iran are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Qualifications:

  • Iranian Descent
  • Graduating from high school and enrolling full-time in an accredited college
  • Must demonstrate need through the FAFSA form
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate community leadership, volunteerism, or extracurricular interests

For More Info: http://momenifoundation.org/fas_doc.html

Scholastic Achievement Scholarship

Every year at least three scholarship for an amount of $1,000.00 dollars will be awarded. The deadline for receiving the application is June 30th of each year. At this time, the Scholastic Achievement Scholarship is available to students that are graduating from high school and are citizens or permanent residents of United States.

Deadline: June 30th

Qualifications:

  • Iranian Descent
  • Graduating from high school and enrolling full-time in an accredited college
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrate community leadership, volunteerism, or extracurricular interests

Award: $250-$1000

For More Info: http://momenifoundation.org/sas_doc.html

Persian Studies at the University of Maryland

The Persian Studies at the University of Maryland consists of several courses and programs, which help students explore and become skilled in the extraordinary language, literature, and culture of Persian speaking peoples. The program offers:

  • B.A. in Persian Studies
  • Minor in Persian Studies
  • Advanced Certificate offered through Persian Flagship
  • Language House Immersion Program- Persian Apartment

The Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies

Dr. Amouzegar, a prime minister of Iran in the 1970s, established this scholarship with the goal of fostering Persian studies at the academic level and inspiring capable and dedicated young men and women interested in the fields of humanities and social sciences, as they relate to Persian-speaking societies.

Deadline: December 15th

Qualifications:

  • University of Maryland freshman and sophmores who are seeking double major, major, or minor in Persian Studies
  • To be eligible, applicants must speak, comprehend, read and write the Persian language at an advanced level, which includes variants of the language such as modern Persian, Dari and Tajiki

Award: Various

For More Info: http://www.languages.umd.edu/persian/studies/scholarships/index.html

The Amirsaleh Student Award in Persian Studies

Hossein Amirsaleh is an Iranian-American philanthropist.

Deadline: May 31st

Qualifications: Open to all UM undergraduate students

Award: Various

For More Info: http://www.languages.umd.edu/persian/studies/scholarships/index.html

Undergraduate Persian Flagship Program Scholarship

Established in 2008, the undergraduate Persian Flagship at the University of Maryland offers a unique opportunity for students to attain a professional level of proficiency in Persian language and culture. Funding from The Language Flagship supports an innovative approach to language teaching and provides scholarship support. The program is open to students in any major (including Persian Studies). The program encourages students to combine language study with another major. In addition, there are multiple options for scholarship funding for overseas study. Students who obtain a Level 3 proficiency rating on the ILR scale earn a Flagship Scholar Certificate. Exceptional students applying to the Undergraduate Persian Flagship Program will be considered for a domestic or overseas scholarship. Scholarships reimburse the student for tuition spent on courses taught in Persian at the University of Maryland during the academic year. Scholarships are available in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The overseas portion of the program is managed by the American Councils for International Education.

Deadline: Ongoing

Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled in a degree program at the University of Maryland
  • Have successfully completed PERS101 or equivalent
  • Must submit completed Undergraduate Persian Flagship Program Application form
  • Must attend an individual advising session to complete a Program of Study with the UG flagship advisor
  • Must have filed the FAFSA form

For More Info: http://www.languages.umd.edu/persian/studies/scholarships/index.html

The Persian Scholarship Foundation

The Persian Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit foundation with the mission to recognize academic excellence among students of Iranian descent studying in the United States—especially those who through their activities and leadership help to disseminate knowledge about the Persian culture, history and heritage within the United States. The PSF was founded by Arash Davallou, former president of the Persian Students' Cultural Association at UC Berkeley and member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.

Deadline: TBA

Qualifications:

  • Student enrolled in high school, college, or university in the US
  • Publication of an essay in a school’s newspaper or a local national newspaper in which positive achievements of Iran and Iranians (past or present) are portrayed.

Award: $500-$1000

For More Info: http://www.persianscholarship.org/current_programs.htm 

The Iranian Alumni Association Scholarship at the University of California, Davis

The Iranian Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund (IAASEF) was established in 1996 by the Iranian Alumni Association. The fund was established by the UC Davis Iranian alumni community to support students who are of Iranian descent and have financial need. The recipient or at least one parent of the recipient must have been born in Iran.

Deadline: TBA for the 2011-2012 academic year

Qualifications:

  • UC Davis student
  • Iranian descent
  • 3.25 G.P.A. or above
  • Demonstrate financial need

For More Info: http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/ucdfunds.html#Ancestor