“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. In an afternoon of pondering about 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 advance education and providing scholarships to students, to my list of 20-year plan.
In 1993, I 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, Momeni Family Fund, as part of Oregon Community Foundation, was established. Momeni Family Fund was involved in supporting educational and charitable organizations throughout Oregon until 2001. In February 2001, Momeni Foundation was established as the final stage of evolution of the original plan to provide scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world.
It is my hope that visitors of this site and the scholarship recipients will also, some day, establish their own scholarship programs.
Mojtaba (Mehrdad) Momeni