The Momeni Foundation was established by Mojtaba (Mehrdad) Momeni in February of 2001 with the goal of providing scholarships to high-achieving high school graduates and committed full-time college students of Iranian heritage worldwide. The purpose of awarding Iranian Scholarship awards is to support the aspirations of the new in-line generation of young Iranians, facilitating their academic pursuits and helping them achieve their dreams.

Total Awards since 2001
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“Digaraan kaashtand o maa khordeem; Maa bekaareem o digaraan bokhorand” ~ Persian Poem
As others planted for us to harvest; so shall we plant for others to harvest


The idea of providing scholarships to students of Iranian descent originated in 1984 by my father, Mojtaba (Mehrdad) Momeni. He says:

In an afternoon of pondering about my life and setting goals, I realized that without the benefit of scholarships I could not have achieved what I was achieving in my life. At that time, I added the establishment of an organization dedicated to advancing education and providing scholarships to students, to my 20-year plan list.”

In 1993, he started a small local scholarship program through Iranian Professional Society of Oregon. In 1998, wanting to expand the program beyond the borders of the City of Portland, he established Momeni Family Fund, as part of Oregon Community Foundation. Momeni Family Fund was involved in supporting educational and charitable organizations throughout Oregon until 2001.

In February 2001, realizing his long term goal, he established Momeni Foundation as the final stage of the evolution of his original plan to provide scholarships to full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world.

Momeni Foundation is a Private Non-Profit Organization under IRS rule (501) 3c funded solely by my father.
We hope that visitors of this site and the scholarship recipients will also, some day, establish their own scholarship programs.

Jasmine Ahrndt


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Breaking Financial Barriers with an Iranian Scholarship Foundation

As an Iranian Scholarship and non profit organization, we want everyone to feel included and hopeful. We understand that education can change lives, and we want to share that with as many students of Iranian descent as possible. Our dedication transcends limits as we endeavor to dismantle barriers and open doors of opportunity for deserving students, irrespective of where they are pursuing their education. With every scholarship granted, we sow seeds for the future with the understanding that the ripple effect of education stretches well beyond the individual, sculpting communities and sculpting the world.


The Financial Assistance Scholarship is open to graduating high school students and current college students at any level (undergraduate, graduate, and/or PhD) who are of Iranian descent, regardless of their citizenship or where they live. 

The Scholastic Achievement Scholarship is only available to graduating high school students in USA who plan to attend college.

Momeni Foundation is a private non-profit organization established under IRS rule (501) 3C with Tax Id: 93-1317612