Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

Requirements: Pell Grant recipient, Applying to overseas program in country where target language is predominantly spoken

Deadline: Varies based on program timeline

Minimum GPA: 

Amount: Up to $8,000


Persian Studies Essay Awards

Made possible by a generous gift from the Iranian-American philanthropist, Mr. Hossein Amirsaleh, in 2010, The Persian Studies Essay Award is an endowed fund to recognize outstanding undergraduate student essays submitted in partial fulfillment of a Persian Studies course requirements.  

Requirements: Submit an original essay that was written as part of coursework in a Persian Studies course

Deadline: March

Minimum GPA: N/A

Amount: $500, amount varies by year

ISF Undergraduate Scholarship

The Iranian Scholarship Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholarship is one of the most generous scholarships available to Iranian-American students in America. This is a need-based renewable scholarship for undergraduate students with demonstrated need who have achieved excellence in their academic performance and community service.

Requirements: Persian heritage, Undergraduate

Deadline: May

Minimum GPA: 3.5

Amount: up to $10,000


Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship

In the Fall of 2007 ISF received a major contribution to its endowment form Dr. Ali Jarrahi of North Carolina. Dr. Jarrahi requested that the interest received from his endowment donation be used to provide two Merit scholarships to two top Iranian American students in the U.S. The principal of his donation to the ISF endowment can not be spend or touched. Hence the ISF Board of Trustees voted to name the ISF Merit Scholarship the “Dr. Ali Jarrahi Merit Scholarship”.

Requirements: Persian Heritage

Deadline: May

Minimum GPA: 4.0

Amount: $2,000, amount may vary


Iranian American Society

Founded by a group of compassionate women in 1991, the Iranian American Association (IAS) is now California's most revered resource for domestic violence of victims of Iranian and Near-Eastern descent and for recent Iranian immigrants arriving in the U.S. without any means.

Requirements: Undergraduate student, Demonstrate financial need, U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

Deadline: June

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Amount: Amounts vary


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