Scholarship Awards Announcement

Writing Scholarship Awards Announcement

 

Unique Zan Foundation
in Collaboration with
Iranian-American Scholarship Fund
"Unique Iranian Women in History: Drawing Inspiration from the Past"

 

At the Unique Zan Foundation our mission is to promote health, literacy and peace for women in and from the Middle East. As part of that effort, and in collaboration with the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (www.iasfund.org), we are pleased to announce our third annual essay competition for Iranian women graduate and undergraduate students at major universities and accredited educational institutes in the United States.  Applicants must be enrolled as students at the time of submission and at the time awards are announced. Awards will be made through the university where the student is enrolled. Students who are transitioning from undergraduate to graduate education are eligible. Non-students are not eligible to apply.

 

This year's essay theme is: "Unique Iranian Women in History: Drawing Inspiration from the Past"

 

Applicants' essays should focus on any unique and inspiring Iranian woman in history and how her life, and overcoming the challenges of her time, is relevant to today. The essay should address:  the woman's life and work, the social environment in which she was raised, what was ground-breaking about her work, how she overcame obstacles to forge new pathways relevant not only to women but also to others in her field, how she provides inspiration to women today, and how she also provides inspiration to the author, herself. The "unique woman in Iranian history" can be a writer, poet, musician/singer, physician, scientist, scholar, politician, artist, activist, or any other profession of the author's choosing, but she must be a prominent figure in her field. The author must also demonstrate detailed knowledge of her subjects' work; for example, if choosing a poet include her poetry in the essay and discuss its relevance to both then and now. The "unique woman in Iranian history" must be someone who is not currently living, so Forough Farokhzad is fine but Shirin Ebadi is not.

 

Essay Format:
Essays should be between 5000 and 6000 words (approximately 16-18 pages, double spaced, 12 point "Times New Roman" font, with 1.5 inch margins), and be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Report binders should not be used. Only the title page and first page of the essay should contain the author's name. All other pages must be numbered in the lower right hand corner and contain first and last initial only in the upper right header.

While higher grade point average will be considered a bonus, the main emphasis is on applicants who exhibit exceptional writing skills and a compelling story. A copy of recent transcripts should be included with your essay.  Essays should not have been previously published in any other publication or on the internet, but must be of publishable quality. Unique Zan Foundation will retain first rights of refusal for publication, but publication is not guaranteed. All submissions become the property of Unique Zan Foundation.

These essays will be reviewed by a qualified panel of academic experts.  Awards will be given by The Unique Zan Foundation through the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund in the following amounts:

First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

All applications must include:

  1. Four hard copies of your essay in proper format,
  2. A brief cover-letter with name, contact information (including email and telephone), university attending, and explaining course of study and why applying for this award,
  3. One letter of recommendation from professor,
  4. One copy of recent college transcripts.
  5. One copy of essay and cover-letter sent by email to info@parsequalitycenter.org.

Applications must be post-marked by May 1, 2010 and sent to the following address:

Unique Zan Foundation
PO Box 1257
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Announcements will be made in September-October, 2010. Feel free to also visit our website: www.uniquezanfoundation.org. Please address any questions to Dr. Diane Tober at: info@parsequalitycenter.org.


Unique Zan Foundation in Collaboration with Iranian-American Scholarship Fund Announce Our Second Annual Essay Competition

At the Unique Zan Foundation our mission is to promote health, literacy and peace for women in and from the Middle East.

As part of that effort, and in collaboration with the Iranian- American Scholarship Fund (www.iasfund.org), we are pleased to announce our second annual essay competition for Iranian women graduate and undergraduate students at major universities and accredited educational institutes in the United States.

Applicants must be enrolled as students at the time of submission and at the time awards are announced. Awards will be made through the university where the student is enrolled. Students who are transitioning from undergraduate to graduate education are eligible. Non-students are not eligible to apply.

This year's essay theme is: "Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change."

Applicants' essays should include information about themselves, their chosen career/educational path, what kinds of obstacles or challenges they have experienced in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles by drawing on their strengths as an Iranian woman. Also to be included are the values they have learned from their culture and how they have implemented these values to overcome personal challenges and/or to promote positive changes in the community. A history of volunteerism or social activism is a plus.

Essay Format:
Essays should be between 5000 and 6000 words (approximately 16-18 pages, double spaced, 12 point "Times New Roman" font, with 1.5 inch margins), and be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Report binders should not be used. Only the title page and first page of the essay should contain name. All other pages must be numbered in the lower right hand corner and contain first and last initial only in the upper right header.

While higher grade point average will be considered a bonus, the main emphasis is on applicants who exhibit exceptional writing skills and a compelling non-fiction story. A copy of recent transcripts should be included with your essay. Essays should not have been previously published in any other publication or on the internet, but must be of publishable quality. Unique Zan Foundation will retain first rights of refusal for publication, but publication is not guaranteed. All submissions become the property of Unique Zan Foundation.

These essays will be reviewed by a qualified panel of academic experts.

Awards will be given by The Unique Zan Foundation through the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund in the following amounts:

First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

All applications must include:

1. Two hard copies of your essay in proper format,
2. A brief cover-letter with name, contact information, and explaining course of study and why applying for this award,
3. One copy of essay and cover-letter sent by email to info@parsequalitycenter.org,
4. One copy of recent college transcripts.
5. One letter of recommendation from professor.

 

Applications must be post-marked by May 1, 2009 and sent to the following address:
Unique Zan Foundation
PO Box 1257
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Announcements will be made in September, 2009. For further information please contact:

info@parsequalitycenter.org

Feel free to also visit the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund website: www.iasfund.org

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