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Children of Persia Scholarship Program: 2009-2010 School Year



Children of Persia (COP) was established in 1999 with the simple objective of promoting the well-being of Iranian children by providing assistance in areas of healthcare, education, and social services. The aim of COP is to reach out and help underprivileged Iranian children around the world in an effective and reliable manner. COP identifies and evaluates specific projects, especially those affecting the welfare of children who are in need of assistance.

While many Iranians enjoy a very prosperous life outside Iran, there are those who struggle to meet their basic needs. One of the areas that COP is focusing on is education. We truly believe that knowledge is power. Through our personal experiences, we have realized that those individuals who have received help have become strong advocates when it comes to helping others.

With the help of our enthusiastic volunteers in the United States, COP has established a Scholarship Program that can be presented to students who experience financial difficulties. Our hope is to see these young people develop the ability to help themselves and subsequently help others through their success. We believe that the future is in the hands of our highly motivated young generation. Supporting this potential asset would bring us closer to seeing a brighter future for our community and younger generation.

Eligibility Requirements

The COP Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to college level students with Iranian descent. Applicants must excel academically, participate in community service activities, and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully residing in the United States. The recipients may use these scholarships to attend an accredited college or university of their choice within the United States. COP Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Applications are screened during the month of April by an independent committee that consists of a panel of distinguished scholars. Finalists are interviewed by members of the selection committee. Scholarship winners are selected based on the information received through the application and interviews.

Basic Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements to be eligible for the COP Scholarship:

Be of Iranian descent

Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully reside in the United States

Demonstrate financial need

Attend an accredited American college or university in a full-time undergraduate degreed program and have completed at least 15 credit hours.

Have good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Complete and submit a COP Scholarship Application Form, including:

    1. Two letters of recommendation; at least one letter should be from a teacher or other school professional,
    2. A one page essay about his/her dreams and aspirations, and
    3. An official transcript with the school seal.

Important Application Dates

March 2, 2009 - COP Scholarship Program starts accepting applications for the 2009- 2010 school year. The attached Application Form will also be available for download from the COP web site (

April 20, 2009 - Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the 2009-2010 COP Scholarship Program. Application materials must be mailed in one packet to:

COP Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 2602
Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Transcripts and letters of recommendation should not be sent separately. Incomplete, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be considered. Winners of the scholarship will be notified by July 15, 2009.

Scholarship Conditions

COP Scholarships may be used to supplement existing benefits from the student's college or university, or from other foundations or organizations. Recipients may use the scholarship to cover the costs of tuition, fees, room, and board. Funds are dispersed directly to the college or university.

If the applicant is claimed as a dependent on the federal income tax return of another person, then that other person's financial resources will be considered in assessing financial need. Federal tax returns of the applicant, and possibly of any person claiming the applicant as a dependent, should be included in the application packet.

A minimum of five students will be granted the COP Scholarship and will receive $2,000 for the 2009-2010 school year ($1,000 for Fall 2009 semester and $1,000 for Spring 2010 assuming the GPA requirement of 3.0 and full-time status is maintained). COP Scholarship is for 2009-2010 school year only. COP reevaluates the community needs and its funding resources, and adjusts this program on a yearly basis.

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