Student Financial Assistance Report

October 1, 2021

Thanks to the generosity of Kordestani Foundation, Goodarzi Foundation, and Oskouy Family Foundation Pars Equality Center (Pars) recently reviewed student applications and awarded the following scholarships:

Pars Youth Grant /The American Dream (supported by the Kordestani Foundation): Pars received 28 applications from low-income students graduating from high schools in California with specific plans to continue their education in a California college or university. After extensive review by the Scholarship Grant Committee, 7 qualified applicants were awarded the Pars Youth Grant, scholarship checks totaling $45,000 Were awarded toward their tuition. This is the seventh year of Pars Youth Grant initiative which has been made possible by the generous contribution of the Kordestani Foundation.

The Goodarzi Scholarship Grant: For the second consecutive year, Pars has been instrumental in assisting the Goodarzi Foundation provide financial assistance to students of Iranian descent who, within the last seven years, have migrated to the United States. 6 students were selected among 31 applicants. On August 21, 2021, scholarship checks totaling $36,767 were awarded during an online ceremony.

Hand & Lift Grant: assists college students of any nationalities in California’s Bay Area who are experiencing financial hardship. The intent of this grant is to lend a helping hand to students who need a financial lift. For the first year Three students were selected among 23 applicants. On September 23, 2021, scholarship checks totaling $15,000 were awarded and mailed to final candidates.