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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.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in ISF Undergraduate Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduates only
  • 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 1250 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

How to Apply

  • Submit the complete application form
  • Submit a copy of the IRS form 4506 (see instructions in the application form)
  • Submit a completed essays outlined in the application
  • Transcripts from your high school and – if applicable – your undergraduate program as well
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • one letter from a teacher or professor
    • one letter from an organization where you have volunteered or worked

The ISF graduate scholarship is meant to support exceptional graduate students of Iranian descent who are enrolled in a master’s programs, demonstrate financial need, and show exceptional academic and research aptitude. The scholarship duration can be up to two years (subject to duration of program, current progression, and continued academic excellence) and the scholarship amount will depend on financial need.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in ISF graduate Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be of Iranian descent (One Iranian parent)
  • Be enrolled in a master’s degree at at a U.S. accredited university
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Exhibit excellent research aptitude
  • Currently our focus is helping international students who are in the US under student visa (only F1 is acceptable)

How to Apply

Please take the time to read over the entire application, Fill out the answer to every question, complete all pages, and upload all documents. Please take careful note of the additional information that is required. All pages and all information need to be complete in order to be considered for the scholarship.

  • Completed application form [download from top of this page];
  • University letter of acceptance
  • Proof of full-time enrollment provided by your university’s registrar office
  • Most recent transcript from your university’s registrar office
  • Most recent University’s billing statement
  • University/departmental offer letter for any funds (assistantship, research or teaching fellowship, scholarship, etc.)
  • A copy of your valid immigration document: I-20 or DS-2019
  • Immigration status verification letter: this letter can be obtained from the university international office and must be signed by a Designated School Official (DSO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) (sample click here)
  • A copy of the ID page in your passport
  • A copy of student visa stamp
  • A personal essay about yourself (see application: essays should be between 500-750 words)
  • One letter of recommendation (from an academic advisor who is familiar with your academic work and can attest that you are making good progress towards your degree)
  • University’s Financial Aid Office or Bursar’s office information and a contact person on that office. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the university. With applying for this scholarship you authorize ISF to get an inquiry about your financial status and communicate to your financial advisor.

You must email all of the above items together in ONE package PDF file ( or .zip file) to ISF at: info@theisf.org.

This award may be renewable if all required criteria are met. If you wish to be considered for renewal of your scholarship, you must reapply by the scholarship deadline announced on the ISF Scholarship web site each year. Renewal eligibility and award amounts are not automatic or guaranteed.

Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020

Result announcement on the website: Sunday, February 9th, 2020

 

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in Houri Moghadam Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Undergraduates and graduates
  • Be enrolled or accepted at a top technology school 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 1250 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

How to Apply

It is the same application process for all scholarship applicants, with the only difference being that students applying for just the Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship need not provide financial information/tax returns as it is a merit-based application, not need based.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship must:

  • 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 1400 or ACT score of 30

How to Apply

It is the same application process for all scholarship applicants, with the only difference being that students applying for just the Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship need not provide financial information/tax returns as it is a merit-based application, not need based.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in Excellence in Community Service Scholarship must:

  • 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 1250 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

How to Apply

A completed application that must be received by the May 31 deadline includes:

  • Completed application form
  • A 750-1000 word essay detailing your dreams and aspirations for your studies and career
  • Transcripts from all of your high school and – if applicable – your undergraduate programs as well, and
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • one letter from a teacher or professor
    • two letters from an organization where you have performed community service

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in Tahbazof Foundation Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduates only
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Be enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited university in the United States, intending to pursue an arts or humanity degree.
  • 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 1250 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

How to Apply

It is the same application process for all scholarship applicants, with the only difference being that students applying for just the Tahbazof Foundation Scholarship need not provide financial information/tax returns as it is a merit-based application, not need based.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in Heydayian Family Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduates only
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Be enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited university in the United States, intending to pursue an arts or humanity degree.
  • 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 1250 or 27 for ACT (if applying as a high school student)

How to Apply

It is the same application process for all scholarship applicants, with the only difference being that students applying for just the Heydayian Family Scholarship need not provide financial information/tax returns as it is a merit-based application, not need based.

The Iranian Scholarship Foundation would like to support all exceptional Iranian-American students, however, due to limited resources we have chosen to focus on funding undergraduate and terminal masters graduate studies and cannot fund all students who apply. In recent years, several Iranian-American philanthropists have set up scholarship funds to help outstanding, financially constrained Iranian or Iranian-American students pursue higher education in the United States. Thanks to the generosity of Iranian-American philanthropists, increasing numbers of talented students are given the opportunity to pursue their academic goals. Here are a few of these organizations:

 

Soros Fellowships for New Americans

This fellowship program honors the American immigrant tradition. It has, since 1998, provided 30 fellowships annually to New Americans – naturalized citizens or “green card” holders, or children of naturalized citizens. Each fellowship provides up to $90,000 in support of graduate study over two years in any field at any degree-granting institution in the United States. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a rigorous national competition that typically attracts between 850 and 1,000 applicants. Selection criteria emphasize sustained accomplishments that show unusual creativity, originality and initiative.

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The Houtan Foundation

In order to spread awareness of Iran and its rich heritage, the Houtan Scholarship Foundation offers awards of up to $2,500 per semester to students in graduate programs. The award is offered to students from all origins with an active interest in promoting Iran’s heritage and culture. In order to apply, the applicant must have a working knowledge of Persian and distinguished academic performance. Financial need will be a factor in award consideration.

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Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1997, the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (IASF) started off as a small group of philanthropists in San Diego, California; they now celebrate over a decade of service to the Iranian-American community with over 75 scholarships awarded to date. An independent, non-profit organization, IASF accepts applications from Iranian-American undergraduate (2nd year and above) and graduate (Masters) students demonstrating financial need and attending an accredited U.S. educational institution.

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Momeni Foundation

Established in 1998, the Momeni Family Foundation provides scholarships to graduating high school students and current college students of all levels regardless of citizenship or country of residency. The foundation grants ten scholarships for amounts of $500 to $1000 each to college bound seniors and current Iranian American students at undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels regardless of country of residency. Three additional scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors who are citizens or permanent residents of United States.

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Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE)

SIAWE provides scholarships to college or university students in Texas to enhance their educational opportunities. The scholarship is awarded annually to a number of students based on availability of funds and the quality of the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients do not receive any cash rewards from SIAWE; instead the award money is credited to the students’ account at their enrolling school to be used toward their tuition and books for the fall and spring semesters. At the end of each academic year any unused scholarship funding is returned to SIAWE to be redistributed into the scholarship fund for future candidates.

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Ansari Scholarship

The Ansari Scholarship was established by the Ansari family to provide financial support to deserving Arizona State University (ASU) students of Iranian or Persian heritage who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Currently, the Ansari Scholarship funds 3 students annually for $2,000 each. This is a donor selected scholarship and applications will be forwarded to the donor for review and selection of award recipients.

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