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In the spring of year 2000, Mrs. Azadeh Hariri founded the Iranian Youth Scholarship under the umbrella of the Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC). This fund was formed with the vision of starting a meaningful scholarship program for Iranian-American students in the United States.

Our goals were driven by the view of making sure the second generation of Iranians growing up in the United States not forget Iran and instead be proud of their Iranian heritage. We firmly believe that the future of the Iranian community away from Iran is in the hands of this new generation. It is our conviction that the support we provide to our best and brightest students today will reflect itself in the service they will one day provide for millions of Iranians around the world.

The Iranian Youth Scholarship was founded on such principles of aid to the current generation of Iranian students and the preservation of the Iranian culture abroad. In the first year Mrs. Hariri donated $25,000 in the hopes of stimulating the growth of the new scholarship program. Since 2000, the Youth Scholarship Fund has grown to become one of the most respected community service programs within the Iranian population in the United States. Early in the program’s history, many students were not aware that such a scholarship existed and that they could apply for it. Now despite our increasingly rigorous  criteria for accepting applications, each year we receive hundreds of them.

In an effort to continue her service, Mrs. Hariri took another pioneering step and established the Iranian Scholarship Foundation. Currently the undergraduate scholarship fund is open to undergraduate students of Iranian descent studying in a four-year university in the United States. The scholarships awarded vary in amount but can be as high as $10,000 per year. Once a student is awarded the scholarship, he or she is supported for four years or until graduation, whichever comes first. The scholarship recipients are required to perform at least 100 hours of volunteer work each year in their community.  Moreover, the scholarship agreement signed outlines the student’s obligation to help preserve Iranian principles and culture in his or her respective life and one day give back to the foundation if financially capable.

The list below highlights the main requirements for a qualified applicant:

  • Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher.
  • History of volunteer work in the community at large.
  • Recommendation letters: one from a teacher and an organization for which the student has done volunteer work.
  • Must be in need of financial assistence.
  • Submit an essay about their goals and the turning points in their lives.
  • High school seniors who apply must have a minimum SAT score of 1850.

A copy of the parents’ and the student’s tax returns must also be submitted for the verification of income.

The Scholarship Selection Committee handles the process of reviewing applications and selecting the recipients. The members of this committee are all well known members of the Iranian-American community, click here to learn more.