For Female Students Only:

Under the auspices of Sasan and Shirin Goodarzi, The Goodarzi Scholarship Grant is a financial assistance designed to assist college students in California. This grant is awarded to female students of Iranian descent who—within the last seven years—have migrated to the United States.

The maximum award granted to each student within a year is $10,000. Students who manage to continue their education up to a bachelor’s degree maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to receive financial assistance for the duration of their studies. Mr. and Mrs. Goodarzi will be the ones to decide whether a recipient of the Goodarzi Scholarship Grant would be eligible to receive continuous financial support up to her graduation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • Have high school diploma, and have applied or plan to apply within a year to a college or university in the State of California,

  • Be an immigrant of Iranian descent, and have lived in the State of California for a maximum of seven years,

  • Be enrolled or accepted at an accredited institution of higher education in California,

  • Have chosen an engineering field or computer science degree programs as their major,

  • Demonstrate financial need,

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

How to Apply

Submit a completed application by the end of June of each year to be considered for the following school year calendar. Your application package must include:

  • Completed application form (Please click here to fill out the form)

  • School transcripts and testing records

  • Letter of Acceptance from an accredited college or university in California

  • Income tax forms for yourself and your parents for the past two years (You may bring this document to the interview session)

  • Personal essay in which you

    - Write about yourself and your goals

    - Write about the reasons you chose your field of study

    - Write about your future plans after graduation

    - Keep the personal voice, be creative yet thoughtful

Your personal essay must be coherent and polished, within 750-900 words, and doubled spaced.

  • One Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or professor

Please be sure to read the entire application form for details about each of these items.

Applicants must agree to appear in promotional and advertising materials.

Application Process

  1. Applicant(s) submit application(s) by June 30th ,

  2. Committee reads and reviews all applications by July 15th,

  3. Committee recommends ten applicants for final review,

  4. Mr. & Mrs. Goodarzi meet with runners-up,

  5. Mr. & Mrs. Goodarzi announce the last two finalists to receive financial assistance,

  6. Pars Equality Center announces the recipients’ names to public,

  7. Pars Equality Center mails checks to applicants’ educational institutions.