The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a national non-profit organization that works to increase the amount of women and girls in computing. Recently, Auva Amirmokri, teacher’s assistant for the 5th grade class, received a Maryland Affiliate award through this organization. She was invited to the University of Maryland, where she was recognized for her efforts in getting girls more involved in computer science and programming. This is her second and highest award received from NCWIT.
ICEC Iran Arbabi Scholarship
2019-20 Academic Year Accepts Applications
ICEC is pleased to announce the award of Two (2) scholarships to eligible applicants for the academic year of 2019-2020 as follows:
- $2,000.00 from Iran Arbabi annual scholarship fund
- $2,000.00 from donated funds by National University of Iran Alumni
For more information and how to apply, please click on the link below:
کمک هزینه آموزشی ایران اربابی
برای سال آموزشی ۲۰۱۹ ـ ۲۰۲۰ درخواست می پذیرد
مرکز فرهنگی وآموزشی ایران با خرسندی به آگاهی می رساند که در سال آموزشی ۲۰۱۹ ـ ۲۰۲۰، دو
در خواست کننده دارای شرایط کمک هزینه آموزشی دریافت خواهند کرد
ا- ۲۰۰۰ دولار از حساب سالانه کمک هزینه آموزشی ایران اربابی
ب- ۲۰۰۰ دولار از حساب اهدایی انجمن دانشجویان پیشین دانشگاه ملی ایران
فرم های درخواست وآگاهی های بیشتر در سامانه مرکزموجود است
١١ مه ٢٠١٩ روز عکس
خانواده های گرامی
برای ماندگاری یاد روزهای شیرین کلاس های آموزش زبان فارسی دراندیشه کودکان دلبندمان، امسال نیز مانند سال های پیش مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران، در روز شنبه ١١ مه ٢٠١٩ شماری عکس گروهی از هر کلاس و نیز یک عکس از تمام دانش آموزان مرکزتهیه خواهد کرد
.این عکس ها ٨در ١٠ وهر یک به بهای ١٠ دلار می باشد
،اگر مایل به دریافت عکس های گروهی کلاس و عکس گروهی مرکز می باشید
.خواهشمند است فرم زیر را پر کنید و به همراه بهای عکس تا تاریخ ١١ مه ٢٠١٩ به مدرسه بفرستید
یاد آوری می شود که عکس ها تنها برای دانش آموزانی که در خواست خود را به مرکز داده باشند چاپ خواهد شد
May 11, 2019 Picture Day
ICEC annual class picture day will be on May 11, 2019. If you are interested to receive your child/children class or/and school pictures, please fill out the form below and have your child return it with the picture fee to the classroom teacher on or before May 11, 2019.
Pictures are 8×10 for $10 each ($20 for both a class picture and school picture).
Pictures will only be ordered for those students who have returned completed form on or before May 11, 2019.
In Celebration of Nowruz, Professor John Renard, Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University gives a presentation on “A Life in miniatures: Visual Hagiography of Rumi”
The event will take place on Sunday, April 7th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at H.J. Patterson Atrium at the University of Maryland,
More information and Link
Your collective work, high expectations, meticulous planning throughout the months leading to the event, and perfect coordination of backstage and onstage resulted in a magical evening that left us all in awe. It resembled a painting where parts gradually meld to become a colorful whole, a masterpiece we don’t want to leave behind.
On an artfully decorated stage, the masters of ceremony, highlighting samples of rich Persian literature, set the tone for what to expect throughout the evening. Exuberant class performances reflected students’ sense of pride in their cultural heritage and connection to the underlying meaning of the songs. The play, adapted with great creativity, proved highly entertaining and uniquely instructive. Beautifully choreographed and harmoniously performed dances by students of different ages reflected the exceptional talent of both young leaders and performers. As for the music, the conductor and musicians could have earned a standing ovation performing the pieces in the national music halls. It was one of those evenings that when the program drew to a close, we longed for more.
Your sense of organization and high standards were also evident in the dining hall with the beautiful flower arrangements, plentiful food, excellent service, joyful music and many volunteers ready to help. You have provided the Iranian community with a most unique Nowruz celebration that puts children and cultural awareness in the forefront. There was no better way to epitomize the ICEC core values. As a member of this community, I am grateful for your unwavering support and in awe of what your collective work can accomplish. Together we have created a community with shared values evident in voluntarism and love of cultural heritage.
On behalf of Dr. Alizadeh Taeb and my colleagues at the Center, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the former and current students, and the Nowruz Committee members who made this uplifting event possible.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
It is time to get counted. Next census will be on April 1st 2020. Please follow the Montgomery County link for more information:
Dear Friends of Iran Cultural and Educational Center,
In the spirit of this giving season, if you plan to donate to some cause, you may wish to consider donations that benefit a Persian cultural or educational activity. There are a number of such organizations that are active and registered as non-profit organization in the Washington Metropolitan area.
As you are aware, one such organization is the Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC), registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Maryland. ICEC is non-commercial, non-partisan and non-sectarian and with no political or religious affiliation to any group, party or government. Since its inception in 1990, ICEC’s sole mission has been “to create a nurturing environment that strengthens the sense of connection, pride and appreciation of Iranian culture, heritage and history.”
ICEC is a registered member of the United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). If you wish to make a contribution to ICEC through United Way campaigns, please visit https://unitedwaynca.org/nonprofit-partner-search and enter designation number 8643 for ICEC as a non-profit partner. To contribute to ICEC through CFCNCA, please enter designation number 24136 on your CFCNCA form. All contributions to ICEC, according to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code are tax deductible (consult your tax advisor).
ICEC Board of Trustees, Officers and Teachers
My name is Tara Manzari, I’m 19 years old and I’ll be a sophomore at UMBC for the 2018-2019 school year. I’m currently studying biochemistry and music with plans to go on to medical school. I love Persian dance and am both honored and excited to be working alongside Elica jaan this year, which I hope will be the first of many. I’ve been dancing since I could remember, and I’m truly excited to be getting a chance to be teaching it. I love dancing, writing, playing violin and traveling. I’m ecstatic to be teaching, meeting, and working with all the dancers this year. I can’t wait to see what we’re going to do.
My name is Elica Semnani, I’m 18 years old, and I will be a freshman at Montgomery college where I will be majoring in Government and Politics. I am very excited to be teaching dance this year alongside my good friend Tara! I have always loved Iranian dance I have been in Persian Dance Troupe since I was eight years old. I love camping, reading, writing, and traveling. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know your dancers! I know this is going to be a great year and I can’t wait!
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.
Words cannot convey the extent of our gratitude for your dedication to the ICEC community and to the success of another uplifting Nowruz celebration.
Once again, the current and former students and parents came together to offer our community the most refreshing event in celebration of Nowruz.
Thanks to your dedication, exemplary management and months of group work, the 1397/2018 Nowruz celebration was an event that will stay with our children throughout their lives. Their heartfelt exuberance during the performances reflected their sense of pride in their cultural heritage.
You met regularly prior to the event, assigned the countless tasks to committee members, including food and supply orders, program booklet, tickets, accounting, managing the dining room, welcoming at the doors, photographing and many more. You worked with the county to secure the venue, and coordinated the backstage management with the onstage performances and the sound system. You beautifully decorated the stage, hallways, dining tables, and the Haft Seen Table, and selected the most meaningful poems for the masters of ceremony who clearly enjoyed being on stage. You prepared students for delightful class performances and creatively adapted an epic narrative of Persian mythology that helped the young performers enchant the audience. You skillfully choreographed dances and rehearsed with students of all ages to ensure their impeccable performances on stage, and you selected, arranged and practiced the best pieces of Persian music leading to astounding performances of the young musicians. You created a warm and welcoming environment in the dining room with music, food, without forgetting the Haji Firooz, and you arranged for fire department wonderful volunteers to help during the event. You invited the County Executive whose proclamation recognized Nowruz as a county cultural event. Your efficient coordination and hard work all helped make this year’s Nowruz celebration an exceptional success.
Throughout the years your support has been crucial in strengthening our cultural heritage. The vibrant ICEC community, as we know it today, is testimony to your resolve in preserving our cultural heritage by passing it on to the second and third generations. This year’s Nowruz celebration was another reminder of that resolve for which we are more than thankful to you.
با بهترین شادباش های نوروزی