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About IASF Organization

The Iranian-American Scholarship Fund Seeks to:

IASF 2013 Board of Directors and Recipients

IASF 2013 Board of Directors and Recipients

  • Provide assistance to students of Iranian heritage demonstrating academic excellence, financial need, and a commitment to community service;
  • Instill in the applicants a strong sense of pride in the community that supports their academic objectives; and
  • Inspire the applicants to donate to the IASF in the future in order to continue the tradition of assisting deserving candidates.
History of IASF

Over a decade ago, based on feedback from students of Iranian heritage applying for undergraduate schools, it became apparent there were no permanent scholarships given by a group of Iranians in support of Iranian-American students. A small group of philanthropic-minded individuals in San Diego, California determined it was important to support students of Iranian heritage in their academic endeavors.

Therefore, in 1997, discussions were initiated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to establish the first scholarship at the University for students of Iranian heritage. In just a short time, a “Mother Fund” was established at UCSD and a Board of Trustees was formed for the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (IASF). The Board of Trustees embarked on fundraising efforts in the Iranian-American community of San Diego and awarded five scholarships at UCSD for the 1998-99 academic year to students of Iranian ancestry.

With the passage of California Proposition 209 in November 2001, UCSD was no longer able to grant scholarships based on race, ethnicity, or national origin. In order to continue providing scholarships to students of Iranian heritage, in December 2001 funds were transferred from UCSD to the Persian Cultural Center – a San Diego based non-profit organization. Administration and supervision of this trust account remained with the IASF Board of Trustees.

In 2005, the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund became an independent 501(c)(3) non-political, non-religious, non-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.

When the funds were transferred from UCSD, eligibility for IASF scholarships was no longer limited to students attending UCSD. Scholarship opportunities were expanded to include students attending all schools in the San Diego region. With the 2005-06 academic year, eligibility was broadened to include applicants attending schools in Southern California. In 2006-07, eligibility was further expanded to applicants attending schools in California and in 2008-09 students attending accredited institutions across the country could apply for an IASF scholarship.

Since its establishment in 1997, the IASF has gained recognition amongst donors and applicants. Hundreds of applications are reviewed and tens of thousands of dollars are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students annually. To date, IASF has awarded 271 scholarships, a special scholarship to a PhD candidate, and six writing awards – in collaboration with Unique Zan Foundation – to young women of Iranian heritage.

The IASF is extremely proud and enthusiastic of the support received from the community throughout the nation for this important cause. It is our hope that individuals, organizations/companies, and former scholarship applicants/recipients will join in this important endeavor to provide students of Iranian heritage with financial assistance and a sense of community for years to come. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with the law.

IASF History Timeline
  • Small group of philanthropic-minded individuals in San Diego, California determined it was important to support students of Iranian heritage in their academic endeavors.
  • 1997: Initiated discussions with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to establish the first scholarship at the University for students of Iranian heritage.
  • 1998: Established the “Mother Fund” at UCSD, formed a Board of Trustees for the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund, and embarked on fundraising efforts in the Iranian-American community.
  • 1998-99: Awarded five scholarships at UCSD.
  • 2001: With the passage of Proposition 209 in California, UCSD would no longer be able to grant scholarships based on race, ethnicity, or national origin.
  • 2001: In order to continue providing scholarships to students of Iranian heritage, funds were transferred from UCSD to the Persian Cultural Center – a San Diego based non-profit organization. Administration and supervision of the IASF trust account remained with the IASF Board of Trustees.
  • 2002: Eligibility no longer limited to students attending UCSD and expanded to include all schools in the San Diego region.
  • 2005: Became an independent 501(c)(3) non-political, non-religious, non-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • 2005-06: Applicants attending schools in Southern California eligible for scholarships.
  • 2006-07: Applicants attending schools in California eligible for IASF scholarships.
  • 2008-09: Became a national scholarship.
  • 2015-present: To date, we have awarded 271 scholarships, a special scholarship to a PhD candidate, and six writing awards – in collaboration with Unique Zan Foundation – to young women of Iranian heritage.
  • 2016-present: Annually, one of the scholarships will be awarded to a full-time Undergraduate, Graduate or PhD applicant in the field of Iranian Studies at an accredited institution in the U.S. (all other eligibility requirements apply – such as Iranian heritage, citizenship/residency, GPA, financial need, community service)