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Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf Online, and Iran Alliance 2008 Scholarship and Merit Awards


The selection committee and Board Members are pleased to announce 2008 recipients of Student Scholarship and Merit Awards.

For scholarship, the recipient is Mrs. Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich. In Merit category, the Award goes to Mr. Daniel (Mehdi) Pourkesali. For those who follow our countries' events, these two individuals do not need any introduction. However, a brief bio of each will follow to give others a chance to get to know them.

Besides recognition in our website, the selected individuals will receive small gifts to demonstrate our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community. With their efforts, we have been able to raise awareness in the mass media about our rights and heritage.

Please join us in congratulating these fine individuals and wishing them well for many years to come.

Board Members of Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance
Mohammad Ala and Javad Fakharzadeh

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is a graduate student at the University of Southern California's (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and the USC School for International Relations, Los Angeles where she is majoring in Public Diplomacy.

Her research focus is U.S. Foreign Policy towards Iran and Iran's nuclear program, and the role of lobby groups in influencing US foreign policy. She is a political essayist and her articles have been linked to many news sites. As a radio commentator she has been a guest on BBC, NPR, Our media (UK)., KIRN 670 am Los Angeles, 'The Hidden News' in British Columbia, CII , 'Out of Africa', Venezuela.

Born in Tehran, Soraya was educated in Iran, England and France. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from USC. She is a member of Stanford's World Association of International Studies Society (WAIS).

Daniel M Pourkesali is a Product Engineer with an Aerospace company in Northern Virginia specializing in development and manufacturing of flight dynamics, engineering and control systems. He was born in Babol, a city in the Mazandaran Province in Northern Iran, and attended Andisheh Don Bosco School in Tehran.

After graduating from high school, he moved to United States in 1978and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is a senior editor and U.S. board member of Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII), a member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Persian Gulf Organization, and Iranians for International Cooperation.


About: The Persian Gulf Online Organization is a non-political, non-partisan, and non-religious entity comprised of a network of active volunteers across the globe dedicated to preserving and protecting the Persian legacy and historical name of the Persian Gulf.


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