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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 6- Urgent Note

Dear Parents,

It was brought to our attention on March 24th, 2023, that a political page posted a clip of our students performing during the Nowruz celebration. This clip was neither recorded nor posted by ICEC. We have submitted a take-down notice from this page and await their response.

While we appreciate parents, relatives, and friends sharing content from ICEC events, we encourage you to use caution when sharing ICEC-related content.

Best wishes and happy New Year!

نوروزتان پیروز، هر روزتان نوروز


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

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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 کرد٠

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 ۱۷ دسامبر۲۰۲۲ 

        ساعت ۱۱:٠٠ تا ۱۱:۳۰  


     داستان مادر بزرگ و پدر بزرگ




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 outfits.


          Saturday December 17, 2022

          11:00 – 11:30 A.M.

          Richie Park Elementary School Cafeteria


  • Storytelling
  • poetry
  • Music


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بازدید از کلاس های مرکز

،مادران و پدران گرامی

مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران از شما دعوت می کند در روز شنبه ۲۲ اکتبر سال ۲۰۲۲ از  کلاس های فارسی این مرکز دیدن کنید

روز بازدید از کلاس ها بهترین زمان برای آشنایی شما با آموزگاران فرزندانتان و آگاهی از برنامه های آموزشی مرکز خواهد بود

:برنامه روز شنبه ۲۲ اکتبر سال ۲۰۲۲ به ترتیب زیر خواهد بود

۱ – از ساعت ۱۰:۱۰ تا   ۹:۵۵    بامداد:           بازدید از کلاس های کودکستان و اول آمادگی

۲ – از ساعت ۱۰:۲۵ تا  ۱۰:۱۰   بامداد:           بازدید از کلاس های آ اول  و سوم

۳ – از ساعت ۱۰:۴۰ تا  ۱۰:۲۵   بامداد:           بازدید از کلاس های  دوم و چهارم – پنجم

۴ – از ساعت ۱۰:۵۵ تا  ۱۰:۴۰   بامداد:           بازدید از کلاس های  ششم – هفتم – هشتم


شرکت شما خانواده های گرامی در این برنامه ها سبب پشت گرمی و تشویق فرزندانمان و پیشبرد هدف های این مرکز خواهد بود

با سپاس

مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران

Back-To School Day

Dear Parents,

Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) would like to invite you to visit the classes on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

Visiting the classes will be an opportunity for you to meet the teachers and become familiar with the program of studies.

The schedule for visiting classes:

  1. 09:55 –  10:10 A.M. Visiting kindergarten, pre-first grades
  2.  10:10 – 10:25 A.M. Visiting first, third grades
  3. 10:25 – 10:40 A.M. Visiting second, fourth-fifth grades
  4. 10:40 –  10:55 A.M. Visiting sixth- seventh- eight grades.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 22, 2022.



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جشن مهرگان

،خانواده های گرامی
دانش آموزان داوطلب به سرپرستی آموزگاران و انجمن خانه و مدرسه مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران برنامه  کوتاهی به مناسبت مهرگان  آماده کرده اند که در ساعت ۱۱:۳۰ بامداد در روز شنبه، ۱۵ ماه  اکتبر در سالن گردهمایی  برگزار خواهد شد. با توجه به محدودیت مکان به دلیل  نداشتن امکان اجرای برنامه  روی صحنه ، این جشن تنها با شرکت دانش آموزان مرکز برگزارخواهد بود. امیدواریم این مشکل تا جشن یلدا بر طرف شو د و شما خانواده های گرامی بتوانید به ما بپیوندید

Mehregan Celebration 
Dear Parents,

Student-volunteers with the support of the Community and School Association of Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) and the instructional staff have prepared a short program in celebration of Mehregan that will take place on Saturday, October 15th, in the All-Purpose Room of the school. Regretfully, we will not be able to extend the invitation to the parents, because of the limited space caused by the lack access to the stage, which means part of the main area will be used for the performances.  We hope this issue will be resolved by the time we celebrate Yalda on December 17th.


International Story Time

The Friends of Green Spring Garden (FROGS) are sponsoring a storytelling event in Persian and American Sign Language by storytellers who will read nature-themed stories for young children.


Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Rd.
Alexandria, Va. 22312


Saturday, October 1st at 10:30 a.m.—Persian
Saturday, October 15th at 10:30 a.m.—ASL

For more information Click on International Storytime-October 2022

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First and foremost, we would like to welcome you and your children to the 2022-2023 academic year. We are excited to begin once again in-person instruction and very much look forward to a very successful school year.

Please find below important guidelines:

Drop off and Pick up Area and Schedule

Please drop off and pick up your children in front of the School Main Entrance. Upon their arrival students will be greeted by their teachers and volunteered and directed to line up next to their teachers.  In the event of inclement weather conditions, the same procedure will take place inside the building.


To avoid overcrowding in the morning and at the end of the day the following schedule will be in place: 

  • Grades 1 through three will line up from 9:20 to 9:30 in the morning and be released at 12:20 PM. 
  • Grades 4 and higher will line up from 9:35 to 9:40 and be released at 12:30.
  • For the safety of students and staff there will NOT be parents’ gatherings inside the school unless scheduled and approved by ICEC. 

Parents will be welcomed to enter the building with a previously arranged appointment for further inquiries.

If you arrive after the start of the classes, please ring the bell at the All-Purpose Room Entrance. Volunteers will accompany your children to their classes. 

Continued assessment and placement

Considering the last two years’ unusual circumstances and their impact on education, we will continue to assess students’ language skills to determine the best possible placement for them. We will discuss with you if we determine that such change is to the best interest of your child/children.

You will be receiving a welcome message from your child/children’s instructor/s.

Looking forward to a very productive and safe academic year,



،خانواده های گرامی

پیش از هرچیز سال آموزشی ۲۰۲۱-۲۰۲۲۲ را به شما و فرزندانتان خوش آمد می گوییم و بسیار خوشحالیم که بار دیگر آموزش رودررو را آغاز می کنیم٠

چند نکته عمده

درخواست داریم فرزندانتان را جلوی در اصلی مدرسه پیاده کنید  و در پایان کلاس ها بردارید. دانش آموزان پس از ورود و پیش از رفتن به کلاس هایشان  در جاهای مشخص شده صف می بندند و همراه با آموزگارانشان به کلاس می روند. در صورت هوای نامناسب، این برنامه در داخل ساختمان انجام می گیرد٠

:آغاز و پایان کلاس ها

کلاس های اول تا سوم از ساعت ۹:۲۰ تا ۹:۳۰ در صف آماده رفتن به کلاس هایشان می شوند و ساعت ۱۲:۲۰ دقیقه مدرسه را ترک می کنند٠

کلاس های چهارم به بالا از ساعت  ۹:۳۵۰ تا ۹:۴۰ در صف آماده رفتن به کلاس هایشان می شوند و ساعت ۱۲:۳۰ دقیقه مدرسه را ترک می کنند٠

با پوزش گردهم آمدن خانواده ها در داخل مدرسه، مگر با قرار قبلی، امکان پذیر نیست٠

دانش آموزانی که دیرتر از آغاز کلاس ها به مدرسه می آیند پس از فشار زنگ  از در کافه تریا وارد می شوند٠

در پایان یاد آور می شویم که با توجه به شرایط استثنایی آموزش دو سال گذشته، در چند هفته آغاز کلاس ها، دانش آموزان ارزیابی خواهند شد و چنانچه نیاز به جا به جایی آنها باشد با شما تماس گرفته می شود٠

دانش آموزان از آموزگارانشان پیام خوش آمد دریافت خواهند کرد٠

با بهترین آرزوهای تندرستی و به امید سالی پر بار

مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران