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Important Dates

Immediately– ICEC starts accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The Application Form will be available for download from the ICEC web site:

2017-2018 ICEC Scholorship Program Application Packet


May 1, 2017 – Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the 2017-2018 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 1, 2017 and names will be posted on the ICEC web site.

Arise and Flourish

Dear ICEC Parents,

We would like to inform you that Arise & Flourish, a nonprofit organization in the Washington Metropolitan area, has offered to address our parents on May 21, 2016 at 10:00 am regarding addiction amongst youth.

Arise & Flourish helps those who struggle with alcoholism and addiction, including individuals and their families. Arise & Flourish brings together like-minded organizations and individuals to share ideas and information concerning the critical social needs created by alcohol and drug dependency in the Washington Metro area. Arise & Flourish advances specific solutions for those needs through prevention, education, fundraising, and issue awareness-building activities.

The school and Community Association (CSA), Anjoman, invites all parents who are interested to attend this presentation. Presenters will provide the attendees with brochures and other relevant information to help them gain more knowledge and become more familiar with addiction-related issues among youth..

Their speakers have extensive knowledge and expertise in the field to provide the audience with information on detecting early signs of trouble and how to go by to address any raised issues. Below is link to their website.


2016-2017 Iran Arbabi Scholarship

Dear ICEC Community,
At ICEC’s 25th Anniversary Gala we announced the creation of the Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program.  Named and endowed in honor of the founder of ICEC, this scholarship program has been created to encourage and assist students in their post-secondary education.  For more information and to download the scholarship application select items in the menu or click:

25th Anniversary

Dear ICEC Family,

I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for everything you have done not only for the conference and the gala, but also throughout the years. Your dedication has been the cornerstone of our institution, without which we wouldn’t have been here. The ICEC owes its success to every one of you who have dedicated your time and energy to this institution year after year.
The ICEC 25th anniversary was only a means to celebrate young Iranian-Americans’ achievements. The main goal of the event was to create a forum for our alumni and other young Iranian-Americans to network and through their personal and professional stories inspire younger students and alumni. We were all there because of this young generation that has experienced the value of belonging to more than one culture and one language and is a role model and mentor for the younger generation. All panelists, without exception, through their unique and moving stories, delivered a powerful message about ways in which their bilingual education has helped them personally and professionally. Their stories, sometime blended with tears of gratitude, were proof that your efforts as parents and ours as educators have not been in vain. This profound commitment to preserving cultural heritage as an invaluable asset is the underlying value that brought us together on Saturday. Without this strong commitment, our center, that began 25 years ago with a modest number of students and classes, wouldn’t have become a community, as we know it today. We have become a community thanks to the unwavering support of all of you; our dedicated staff who have gone above and beyond to create the best possible learning environment for our children despite all the challenges; our alumni and students who have been our source of energy and excitement; and our parents who have supported us in any possible way. I am grateful to every one of you for your tireless work, steadfast support and dedication.

Warm wishes,

Iran Arbabi

25th Anniversary Conference

Over 150 people attended Iran Cultural and Educational Center’s (ICEC) 25th Anniversary Conference on October 12, 2013 at the Marriott’s Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland.

The main aim for this event, celebrating the achievements of young Iranian-Americans, was achieved successfully. The ICEC alumni and other Young Iranian-American Speakers showed us, through their emotional presentations, their attendance, and thoughtful questions that they are strong and confident; able to thrive in our multi-cultural society without compromise to their cultural identity and heritage.

The Iran Cultural and Educational Center expresses its deep gratitude to everyone who supported the event. We would especially like to thank our Speakers, Moderators, Moderator’s Assistants, Teachers, Alumni, Students, Parents and Volunteers for their time and participation in this event.

To see the pictures of the event click here. (Thanks to ICEC parent volunteer, Ruhi Afnan)

To see information about each session click here.

25th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 12, 2013, was a night of celebration and appreciation in commemoration of ICEC’s 25th Anniversary. The ICEC community celebrated and showed its appreciation of its students, alumni, families, teachers and founders at Marriott’s Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland, University College.

Over 350 guests enjoyed the festivities. The celebration included a photography exhibit of ICEC’s students over the years. Exclusively Events’ musicians Kimia and Kamyar Arsani of the Mehr Aeen Group performed classical Persian folk music during the cocktail reception.

The evening’s proceedings continued with special appearances by Montgomery County Executive, the Honorable Isiah “Ike” Leggett and journalist and producer Saman Arbabi. Iman Huschmand was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, with entertainment provided by Exclusively Entertainment.

ICEC would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers and participants for their support in making this Gala an amazing night. ICEC is gratified in knowing that this event demonstrates the fact that we are a community, proud of our culture and achievements, and well positioned for an exciting future.

county2ICEC-Montgomery County Exec Certificate Award-Oct12, 2013Montgomery County Executive, the Honorable Isiah Leggett presents Mrs. Iran Arbabi with a proclamation recognizing ICEC’s creation of an environment that fosters appreciation of cultural diversity.


ICEC-MD State Attoryney General-Recognition Letter

Proclamation from Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler recognizing ICEC’s 25 years of providing educational opportunities and learning experiences to develop a strong appreciation of Iranian history, culture and language.


ICEC-MD State Controller  Certificate of Recognition-Oct12, 2013Proclamation from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot recognizing ICEC 25 years of work promoting a sense of connection, pride and appreciation of Iranian culture, heritage and history.


To see pictures of the event, please click on Gala Pictures (Thanks to ICEC Alumna Sima Jafari)

Slide show for 25th Anniversary Event: As Iran Cultural & Educational Center celebrates it’s 25th anniversary, we would like to celebrate the people and memories that have brought us to this moment. Slideshow (Thanks to ICEC Alumna Tatiana Motevalli-Oliner). Dinner time slide show (Thanks to Behnam Movahed)

Reflection about 25th Anniversary of ICEC

Message from an Alumna, Kamran Partovi, Student at university of Maryland, College Park, Maryland:

Here we are at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Iran Cultural & Educational Center… Wow. Today I have truly realized what a difference ICEC has made in my life. None of us enjoyed spending Friday nights doing homework and going to class on Saturday mornings, but where would any of us be today if we didn’t have the gift of being able to speak Persian? Without ICEC, the bridge in my life that connects me to my homeland would not exist –nor would this beautiful community of family, friends, and mentors who have all made my life meaningful since I moved to the DC area in 1999. Now it is clear that ICEC was the foundation for my involvement in both IAAB and ISF, organizations that have also had a huge impact on my life. Fourteen years of memories… I remember every Yalda performance, writing name tags at Imagination Bethesda, being part of “rooznameh negari”, Young Iranian Musicians and Young Iranian Performers (the latter which I later directed), the memorable Nowruz shows, talent shows, hanging out at Fallsgrove after class ended… But nothing more important than all the amazing and special people who today are my closest and dearest friends… actually family.

Here’s to another 25 years of success for ICEC!

Ticket Information

Ticket Information: There is no ticket required for the Daytime Conference. The ticket price for the Evening Gala is $80.00 per individual or $750.00 per table of 10. Please purchase your ticket through the website or purchase them during school on Saturdays.

(This event is intended for individuals 13 years and older)

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