What is ISF?

A registered CA non-profit that provides scholarships to undergraduate students of Iranian descent.

100% of Donations Go Straight to Students

ISF is an all-volunteer organization and all admin costs are generously donated by our leadership, so 100% of donations go straight to students.

How We Select Recipients

Students must have financial need and a strong academic record.

ISF Selection Committee

Our distinguished Selection Committee carefully reviews all applications, including financial information (tax returns) and academic records (GPA:3.5+).

Our Scholarships

ISF's scholarships are given to undergraduate students here in the United States.

Commitment to Our Students

ISF’s scholarships renew annually, supporting students throughout their undergraduate studies for up to 4 years.

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“In my freshman year of college I was diagnosed with cancer. After my diagnosis and during my treatment and recovery, members of the ISF community reached out to me via email, telephone, and in person. The warmth and kindness shown to me by ISF helped raise my spirits and encouraged me to continue with my studies despite my illness. My scholarship from ISF also helped me significantly in paying for my studies while undergoing cancer treatment. I feel forever indebted to ISF for supporting me during that rough period in my college career. I plan to give back to ISF so that future generations of Iranian-American students can be exposed to the same love and support that I experienced as an ISF member.”
Armaghan Maggie Saremi, ISF Recipient 2007-2011
“With the help of the Iranian Scholarship Fund I was able to graduate with University Honors with a degree in Public Health and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2011. ISF allowed me to concentrate on my academic studies and interests in public service full-time, allowing me to gain leadership roles and critical experiential learning experiences that led me to reach my goals in college. I am now pursuing a Masters of Science in Development Practice (MDP) at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland on a full scholarship as a George J. Mitchell National Scholar. I will soon be on my way to Rwanda where I will continue my work in public health by helping CARE International with the supply chain management of health services.”
Mohammad Modarres, ISF Recipient 2006-2010
“My family and I immigrated to the United States in 2001. Although adjusting to a new environment was difficult, our biggest obstacles were our financial problems. My parents were accomplished people in their respective fields in Iran; in the United States, they had nothing. My brother and I were both recipients of the ISF Undergraduate Scholarship throughout our four years of undergraduate studies. The financial support of ISF was an absolute necessity for my brother and me. However, ISF was more than just a paycheck. The financial security of ISF translated to numerous opportunities for me because I never had to work significant hours to support myself and could focus on academics and research. I was able to simultaneously study mathematics and economics at UC Berkeley and conduct research that has been published in a business journal as well as a financial economics journal. I graduated with honors from Berkeley in 2010 and have received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to pursue a PhD in economics at Harvard University. My brother is now finishing his fourth year at UC San Diego School of Medicine. We are forever grateful to ISF and its donors and would not be as successful as we are today without the support of people like you!”
Mitra Akhtari, ISF Recipient 2006-2010

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