Category Archives: Alumni News


Distinguished Community Service Commendation – 2024


In March 2024, the Iran Cultural & Educational Center (ICEC) was awarded the “Distinguished Community Service Commendation – 2024 in recognition for its cultural and educational achievements by Middle Eastern American Advisory Group (MEAAG) of the Montgomery County. MEAAG is one of five cultural and ethnic advisory groups in Montgomery County, Maryland, formed “to strengthen relationships between the government and the residents.” 

Since its inception in 1989, ICEC has created a “nurturing environment that strengthens the sense of community connection, and appreciation of Iranian heritage and Persian language” thanks to the unwavering support of a vibrant, all-volunteer community, a dedicated instructional staff, eager learners, and talented student alumni. This award is testament to our collective resolve in preserving our cultural heritage by passing it on to the next generation.

In 2013, ICEC was the recipient of a set of proclamations and commendation certificates from the Montgomery County Executive, the Attorney General of the State of Maryland and the Comptroller of the State of Maryland in which they commended ICEC for having “greatly enriched the community” by  “… creating an environment that fosters appreciation of cultural diversity among young learners and thus helping them become ambassadors of cultural awareness.” The awards also emphasized ICEC’s “legacy of excellence in providing outstanding educational opportunities.”

Congratulations to all our present and past students, teachers, and parents!


ICEC Board of Directors

Nowruz 1403


Words cannot convey the extent of our gratitude to the Anjoman, Norooz (Nowruz) Committee, past and present parent, and student volunteers, as well as the instructional staff and students for offering our community another memorable Norooz (Nowruz) celebration. Your ingenuity, tireless work, generosity with your time, excellent communication and coordination, and above all your love of the children and your cultural heritage resulted in an event that was no less than perfect. During the one-hour and forty-five-minute program, students of all ages, from kindergarteners to high schoolers, took pride in performing the best of the unique Iranian culture, from songs to dances, performances, a play, and music. Needless to say, that throughout the program, many past and present parent and student volunteers worked also behind the scenes to ensure that everything went smoothly and as planned so nothing interfered with the students’ performances. Warm and welcoming reception that followed exemplified also perfect planning and excellent management.  

Throughout the years your unwavering support has been an integral part of shared efforts in preserving our cultural heritage. The vibrant ICEC community that we have the privilege of being part of and working with today is testament to your resolve in passing this heritage onto the second and third generations. This year’s Norooz (Nowruz) celebration was another reminder of that resolve for which we are more than thankful to you.

نوروزتان پیروز، هر روزتان نوروز

Happy Norooz 


ICEC Newsletter 2023 -2024 No 5 – School Closing Saturday Jan 20-2024

بسته بودن کلاس های مرکز  روز شنبه  ۲۰ ماه ژانویه ۲۰۲۴

 خانواده های گرامی
به سبب هوای نا مناسب، کلاس های مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران  شنبه ۲۰ ماه ژانویه برگزار نخواهند شد. به امید دیدارتان در روز
.شنبه آینده، ۲۷ ژانویه

Due to ongoing snow and ice removal, all school buildings and offices are closed for Saturday, Jan. 20. All MCPS-sponsored events including athletic, academic programming, field trips and community events are canceled.
The Community Use Bridge / CUPF Weather Emergencies and Alerts:

مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران

School Closing on Saturday January 20, 2024

Dear ICEC Community,

 Due to inclement weather, ICEC classes will not be held on Saturday January 20th.
 Look forward to see you on Saturday Jan 27th, 2024.


Due to ongoing snow and ice removal, all school buildings and offices are closed for Saturday, Jan. 20. All MCPS-sponsored events including athletic, academic programming, field trips and community events are canceled.
The Community Use Bridge / CUPF Weather Emergencies and Alerts:


ICEC Newsletter 2023-2024-4

Yalda Celebration

Dear Parents,

Community and School Association of Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) and the instructional staff invites you to attend annual Yalda Celebration. This program aims to familiarize students with this ancient cultural celebration.

Students may wear traditional clothes.  


          Saturday December 16, 2023

          11:00 – 11:30 A.M.

          Richie Park Elementary School Cafeteria

 Parents entrance time:  10:30 – 10:45 A.M.






 جشن شب یلدا

،مادران و پدران گرامی

برای آشنا کردن دانش آموزان با جشن های ملی، آموزگاران و انجمن خانه و مدرسه مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران برنامه ای به مناسبت  شب یلدا در سالن گرد هم آیی مرکز برگزار خواهند کرد

.از شما خانواده های گرامی در خواست می کنیم با فرزندان خود در این جشن شرکت کنید

.دانش آموزان می توانند در آن روزلباس های محلی بپوشند

 زمان برنامه:

        روز شنبه ۱۶ دسامبر۲۰۲۳ 

        ساعت ۱۱:۰۰ تا ۱۱:۳۰   

ورود خانواده ها به سالن:   ۱۰:۴۵ – ۱۰:۳۰ بامداد 


     داستان مادر بزرگ و پدر بزرگ

       شعر و آواز

       رقص و موسیقی

2023-2024 Iran Arbabi Scholarship Award

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program, established in 2014, continued its annual scholarship awards for the academic year 2023-2024.  In August 2023, an independent Panel of Experts, appointed by the ICEC Board of Trustees, using specific criteria, evaluated the qualifications and merits of all applicants. It is a great pleasure to announce that the Scholarship Committee has decided to award this year’s scholarship award of $1,500 to Mr. Armon Emtiaznoori who has been so notified. Armon will be attending University of Maryland at Baltimore Country (UMBC) in the 2023 Fall semester.

In his acceptance note to ICEC Armon wrote: “…being part of ICEC community, I learned a great deal about my family’s homeland, Iran, got to know and participated in the wonderful ICEC community initiative, Camp Koohdareh, through which I made new friends, learned and practiced how to be a leader, appreciate my cultural diversity and felt closer to a community of people that are just like me…”

Congratulations Armon and have a successful academic year !

Newsletter 2023-2024 – 9 -Scholarship Update

Extension of Deadline for ICEC Scholarship Application  

ICEC Scholarship Selection Committee has learned that some potential applicants may not be able to meet the requirement of provision of their latest transcripts by the current June 30th deadline. As such, the Committee has extended the deadline to July 31st, 2023.   

تمدید زمان فرستادن درخواست کمک هزینه اموزشی 

با توجه به اینکه برخی از درخواست کنندگان کمک هزینه آموزشی ممکن است نتوانند ریز نمره هایشان را تا آخر ماه ژوئن از نهاد های  آموزشی خود دریافت کنند، تاریخ فرستادن درخواست ومدارک لازم به ۳۱ ماه زوئیه تغییر داده شده است

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program

2023-2024 Scholarship

Iran Cultural and Education Center (ICEC) accepts applications for the award of The Iran Arbabi Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Up to two separate scholarships, each for $1500, will be awarded to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and are selected by the Selection Committee. This scholarship is a financial assistance for selected student(s) of Iranian descent entering or attending an accredited post-secondary college or university (undergraduate or graduate school program).  For complete information please visit ICEC Website at and for downloading the application forms visit


The application and other required document should be mailed (postmarked) by June 30, 2023.

ICEC scholarship committee will announce selected awardees by August 15, 2023.


مرکز فرهنگی و اموزشی ایران برای دریافت کمک هزینه اموزشی سال ۲۰۲۴-۲۰۲۳ ایران اربابی درخواست می پذیرد. این کمک هزینه به حد اکثر دو دانشجو برخودار از ویژگی های گزینش به ارزش ۱۵۰۰ دلاربرای هردانشجو که در دوره های دو ساله ، لیسانس و یا بالاتردر یکی ازنهادهای دانشگاهی شناخته شده سرگرم آموزش باشد داده خوااهد شد. آگاهی های بیش‌ترو فرم درخواست در تارنمای
.مرکز موجود است

فرم درخواست و دیگر مدارک باید تا پیش از ۳۰ ژوئن ۲۰۲۳ فرستاده شود

.کمیته ارزیابی نتیجه نهایی را تا ۱۵ آگوست ۲۰۲۳ به آگاهی درخواست کنندگان خواهد رساند


2023-2024 Scholarship

Iran Cultural and Educational Center

Iran Arbabi Scholarship

Iran Cultural and Educational Center

Iran Arbabi Scholarship

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students of Iranian descent entering or attending an accredited post-secondary institution. The scholarship is granted annually to at least one eligible applicant, selected based on the eligibility criteria listed below. An independent Selection Committee consisted of distinguished scholars and chaired by a member of the ICEC Board of Trustees screens applications. Members of the Selection Committee may also interview the finalists. The recipient (s) may use the scholarship to attend an accredited American college or university in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in Maryland, Virginia, or District of Columbia. Scholarships are not limited to any
specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline for undergraduate or graduate studies. 

2023-2024 Scholarship

For the academic year 2023-2024, up to two separate scholarships of $1500 each ($750 each semester) will be awarded to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and are selected by the Selection Committee. One of the two scholarships in 2023-2024 has been made possible by a donation from the National University of Iran Alumni Association.

Basic Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements to be considered for the Iran Arbabi Scholarship. They must:

  1. Be of Iranian descent;
  2. Lawfully reside in the Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia, United Sates;
  3. Submit verification of participation in activities that promote Persian culture and heritage to include, but not limited to attendance at a Farsi language school, participation in Persian art or cultural group (music, dance, theater, etc.), volunteer activities for a Persian community-based charity, active participation in a Persian student association, etc.
  4. Attend, or be accepted for attendance, at an accredited American college or university in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in Maryland, Virginia or District of Columbia.
  5. If attending, or accepted for attendance, an undergraduate 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)
  1. If attending a graduate program: a) Possess proof of successful completion of undergraduate studies, i.e., bachelor’s degree `

All participants need to:

  1. Complete and submit a Scholarship Application Form.
  2. Two letters of recommendation; at least one letter should be from an instructor/professor or other high school/college professional.
  3. An official transcript with the college seal on it.
  4. Two one-page essays each on:
    • What are your dreams and aspirations?
    • 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?

 Important Application Dates

The Application Form will be available for download from the ICEC website at:


June 30, 2023– Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the 2023-2024 Scholarship Program.  Application materials must be mailed in one packet to:

                            Iran Abrabi Scholarship Program

                            Iran Cultural and Educational Center

                            14644 Pinto Lane, Rockville, MD 20850-3536

 Incomplete, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be considered.

 August 15, 2023: Winners of the scholarship will be notified, and names will be posted on the ICEC web site.

Scholarship Conditions

The Iran Arbabi Scholarships may be used to supplement existing benefits from the student’s college or university, or from other foundations or organizations. Funds will be paid to selected candidates upon receiving transcripts and proof of course registration and enrollment. Financial need may be taken into consideration in awarding a scholarship. If the Scholarship Committee determines that financial need will be taken into consideration, the applicant may be required to provide financial information at a later time. 

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.

ICEC Newsletter 2022-2023 No 7- Update of Urgent Note

Dear Parents,

As a follow-up to the previous Newsletter, we would like to inform you that Meta (Facebook) has removed the Instagram page where our students’ performance had been posted without our consent.  We will continue to be vigilant and make every effort to ensure our students’ privacy as well as the integrity of the ICEC as a cultural organization with no affiliation to any political or religious group. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Emtiaz, the Anjoman’s President, for alerting us to the issue and for submitting the initial take-down notice.

Best wishes,


ICEC Newsletter 2022-2023 No 5- Nowruz 1402

Dear Friends and ICEC Community,

Our heartfelt gratitude to the past and present students, parent-volunteers and the instructional staff for offering a Nowruz celebration, which after three years once again brought our community together to enjoy the best of Iranian culture. Your dedication, creativity, perseverance, and tireless efforts behind the scenes helped overcome major unexpected challenges that otherwise would have largely impacted the students’ excitements to shine through the performances they had worked on.    

The ninety-minute uplifting program during which our children presented with exuberance the best of the Iranian rich culture through class performances, dances, music, and play was testimony to their sense of pride in their cultural heritage. This year’s Nowruz celebration like the previous ones is a reminder that together we have successfully built a community that nurtures cultural awareness as the cornerstone of a peaceful world and thus provides our children with the needed foundation not only to appreciate multi-culturalism, but also to strive towards promoting it. 

Thank you again for your unwavering support of our shared values,


نوروز پیروز، هر رروزتان نوروز