Iran Cultural and Educational Center
Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program
2018-2019 Academic Year
The Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) was established in 1989. ICEC’s mission is to create a nurturing environment that strengthens the sense of connection, pride and appreciation of Iranian culture, heritage and history.
On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary and in recognition of Khanom Iran Arbabi-Amin’s tireless efforts, dedication and leadership as founder and director of ICEC, the “Iran Arbabi Scholarship Fund” was established. This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more deserving recipients.
The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students of Iranian descent entering or attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants should be residents of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Applicants must excel academically. Applicants must have a verifiable record of participating in activities within the Persian community. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully residing in the United States. The recipients may use these scholarships to attend an accredited college or university of their choice in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Scholarships may be used for undergraduate or graduate school. Applications are screened in the summer by an independent committee that consists of a panel of distinguished scholars and chaired by a member of the ICEC Board of Trustees. Finalists are interviewed by members of the selection committee. Scholarship winners are selected based on the information received through the application and interviews.
Applicants should meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Iran Arbabi Scholarship. They must:
- Be of Iranian descent
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully reside in the United States
- Submit verification of participation in activities in the Persian community (e.g. attendance at a Farsi language school, participation in Persian art or cultural group (music, dance, theater, etc.), volunteer activities for Persian community based charity, membership in a Persian student association, etc.)
- Attend, or be accepted for attendance at, an accredited American college or university in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program.
- Possess a high school diploma, or the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.
- Have good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
- Complete and submit a Scholarship Application Form, including:
- Two letters of recommendation; at least one letter should be from a teacher or other school professional
- A one page essay about his/her dreams and aspirations
- A one page essay : How has your cultural heritage formed the person you are, and in what way will this serve you as an asset to promote Persian language and culture in the future?
- An official transcript with the school seal on it
Important Application Dates
May 1, 2018 – ICEC starts accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The Application Form will also be available for download from the ICEC website at http://iraneducationalcenter.org/scholarship-application/
June 15, 2018 – Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the 2018-2018 Scholarship Program. Application materials must be mailed in one packet to:
Iran Abrabi Scholarship Program
Iran Cultural and Educational Center
12030 Gatewater Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
Transcripts and letters of recommendation should not be sent separately. Incomplete, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be considered. Winners of the scholarship will be notified by August 31, 2018 and names will be posted on the ICEC web site.
The Iran Arbabi Scholarships may be used to supplement existing benefits from the student’s college or university, or from other foundations or organizations. Recipients may use the scholarship to cover the costs of tuition, fees, room, and board. Funds are dispersed directly to the college or university.
Financial need may be taken into consideration in awarding a scholarship. If the Scholarship Committed determines that financial need will be taken into consideration, the applicant may be required to provide financial information at a later time. Such financial information would include, but necessarily be limited to, federal income tax returns of the applicant. If the applicant is claimed as a dependent on the federal income tax return of another person, then that other person’s financial resources will be considered in assessing financial need. DO NOT INCLUDE COPIES OF FEDERAL TAX RETURNS WITH THE APPLICATION PACKET. IF THEY ARE SUBSEQUENTLY REQUIRED, THE APPLICANT WILL BE SO ADVISED.
A minimum of 1student will be granted an Iran Arbabi Scholarship and will receive $2000.00 for the 2018-2019 school year ($1000.00 for Fall 2018 semester and $1000.00 for Spring 2019 assuming the GPA requirement of 3.0 and full-time status is maintained). The Iran Arbabi Scholarship is for the 2018-2019 school year only. ICEC reevaluates the community needs, its funding resources, and adjusts this program on a yearly basis.
A recipient’s scholarship can be revoked if the student:
- fails to graduate from high school;
- fails to enroll in an institution of higher education in the year for which the scholarship was awarded;
- fails to comply with the rules, regulations or conditions of the institution the student attends; or
- receives the scholarship through error or contrary to law.
Retroactive payment of the scholarship is not permitted.