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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 


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.

Nowruz 1402 Message

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

2022-2023 Iran Arbabi Scholarship Awards

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program, established in 2014, continued its annual scholarship awards for the academic year 2022-2023.  In August 2022, 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 the top two applicants to each $1,500.  The awardees whose names appear below have been so notified. The profiles of the awardees are posted on ICEC website and ICEC social media web pages.

Miss Nikki Faroughi                        

Miss Shaadi (Iris) Ghorbani

2021-2022 Iran Arbabi Scholarship Awards

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program resumed its annual scholarship awards for the academic year 2021-2022 following a one-year interruption caused by the pandemic COVID-19. This year the Scholarship Program received more applications from qualified candidates. An independent Panel of Experts, appointed by the ICEC Board of Trustees, using specific criteria, evaluated the qualifications and merits of all applicants in August 2021. While very different views and ranking of applicants were expressed by Panel members, the combined evaluation ratings and academic GPA for the top three applicants were virtually identical. It is a great pleasure to announce that the Scholarship Committee has decided to award the top three applicants an adjusted amount of $1,500 each. The awardees whose names appear below have been so notified.

Mr. Sam Bashiri

Mr. Arman Charkhabi

Mr. Sam Rahbin

New School Year-2021-2022

August 24, 2021

Dear Parents,

We hope this message finds you and your family well and in good health.

We are excited to inform you that this academic year we will be holding face-to-face classes at Ritchie Park Elementary School, in Rockville, MD. Within the next few days, we will send you detailed information regarding the registration. All relevant information will be posted on the ICEC website as well.

Meanwhile, we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we take the safety of our students and staff seriously and will follow closely safety measures that are put in place by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), including wearing mask coverings inside the building and social distancing both inside and outside the classrooms. In addition, a classroom will be designated for the students who may develop symptoms of COVID-19 while waiting for the parents to pick them up. Furthermore, there will be staggered recess times to reduce potential contamination risks and exposure.  It should be added that all staff members have been vaccinated.

We very much look forward to welcoming you and your children to the new academic year.

Best wishes,


Nowruz1400 Message

Dear ICEC Community: Current and Former Parents and Students

Our heartfelt gratitude for your support in making it possible for us to bring the community together in celebration of Nowruz 1400. Your children volunteered to perform in the program, and you, despite your busy schedule, welcomed their choices and supported them every step of the way.  This year, in particular, your support was crucial since most practices, and all productions had to take place at home. Your dedication provided our students the opportunity to display with pride their unique talents and also their heritage culture through a wide range of uplifting performances.

This year’s event, the same as the past ones, resulted from the collaborative efforts of the current and former student and parent-volunteers. The Young Iranian Musicians’ inspiring performance, under the direction of Payam Yousefi, was a perfect example of participation by the past and present students who wholeheartedly welcomed the challenges and artfully performed their pieces that later were synchronized by Payam.  Needless to say, that several members of the Nowruz Celebration Committee, that under the direction of Mr. Emtiaz initiated, coordinated, and directed the program, are also former parents. Additionally, Iman Sharifi, one of our former students, helped with the technical aspects of several parts of the program.

Over the years, thanks to the unwavering support of dedicated parent-volunteers like you and committed instructional staff, ICEC has surmounted obstacles to establish itself as an enduring institution.  This year, particularly in the face of exceptionally challenging circumstances, your dedication and selfless efforts have been crucial in reinforcing our sense of community. There is no doubt in our mind that we will come out of this dark period more determined in efforts to preserve our common heritage language and culture not as an end but as a means of helping the younger generation to connect to and value other cultures. This awareness is key to the peaceful world that we want the next generation to live in. 

Our sincere gratitude and Happy New Year!


New School Year-2020-2021

Dear Parents, 

As we approach the new academic year we have thought long and hard on how we can continue to serve our community.  Your commitment to the education of your children deserves an equally strong commitment from us.  Through changing times as well as unchanging times, we want to continue to be that resource that preserves and shares the cultural history that you and ICEC have consistently provided to our children.

With the health and safety of our students as the first priority, we are committed to continuing the virtual instruction that was successfully implemented at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  With on-going support from you, we are confident that we have a program ready to implement that will be both engaging and meaningful.  We have been developing and modifying our curriculum to meet the challenges of virtual learning.  Our instructional staff have engaged in additional training specifically designed to address the evolving world of on-line teaching.  We are confident that you and your children will reap the rewards of this effort.

At present, the ICEC plan is to begin the year offering virtual instruction for grades 1 and up on Saturdays, starting on Saturday, September 19th.  Instructional sessions will be 60 minutes for grades 1 and 2 and 75 minutes for the rest of the classes. A detailed schedule will be imparted via email and ICEC website during the week of September 14th, right after the online registration window that will be from August 27th to September 10th.  New students will be invited, through email, for virtual orientation and a short interview on September 12th.  For further information regarding the registration, including the tuition please refer to:

Tuition Information


Going forward, we continue to monitor and evaluate how we can meet the educational goals of the community.  This means, at a minimum, we are in regular contact with the Montgomery County facility managers and should the opportunity to modify our plan and offer in-person teaching arise, we will reconsider our mode of instruction.

Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to share with us your thoughts and suggestions. We value your input and look forward to it.    

Looking forward to a great, productive academic year,