Terms & Conditions

Keyvan Samini Scholarship Program:
Terms and Conditions

Application due date: February 15th, 2019, 5:00 pm EST


The mission of the Keyvan Samini Scholarship Program (“Program”) is to provide merit-based assistance to those students who show promise and initiative.  The goals of the Program are to promote wider and deeper respect for learning in general, and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular.  The Program seeks to shine a light on intelligent students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education.



  1. Criteria.  The Program undertakes a comprehensive review of applications in determining which applicants shall be awarded scholarships.  The Program considers a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to, academic accomplishments, non-academic accomplishments, awards, recommendations, personal statements, volunteer efforts, as well as independent diligence, including research of available public information.

  1. GPA.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

  1. Minimum Course Grade.  Applicants must not have received a final grade of “C-” or less in any course taken at any time on after January 1, 2012.

  1. Academic Discipline.  Applicants must not have been the subject of any academic discipline at any time on or after January 1, 2012.

  1. Evidence of Enrollment.  No later than June 30, 2019, winners of the scholarship must show evidence of enrollment, or acceptance of enrollment, in a degree program at a four-year accredited college or university within the United States for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Evidence of enrollment must be generated by the college or university and can include, but is not limited to, letters of acceptance of enrollment provided by a qualified college or university, or written evidence of course registration provided by a qualified college or university.
    • Letters or assurances by applicants affirming that they have been admitted, or intend to enroll in a qualified college or university will not satisfy the Program’s requirement for proof of enrollment.

  2. Deadline.  Complete applications for the Keyvan Samini Scholarship Program must be submitted via the Program’s online portal no later than February 15, 2019, at 5:00 pm EST.  This includes all evaluations and requisite documents to be submitted with the application.

  3. Applications Accepted Via Portal.  Applications that are e-mailed, mailed, or delivered in any form other than through the Program’s online portal will not be considered.
  4. Academic Transcript.  Applicants must provide an unofficial academic transcript to be considered for any scholarship provided by the Program.  The Program reserves the right to require one or more official academic transcripts as a condition of awarding any scholarship.

  5. Evaluations.  Applicants must provide two written evaluations as a condition for consideration of their application.  The evaluations must meet the following requirements:

    • Evaluations must be provided in writing in response to questions set forth by the Program.
    • The Program may directly contact the instructor(s) or guidance counselor(s) identified by the applicant for a confidential telephonic or in-person evaluation regarding the applicant.
    • Evaluations may only be provided by instructor(s) in whose class(es) the applicant has been enrolled in the prior two years, or guidance counselor(s) with whom the applicant has worked within the prior two years.
    • No individual completing an evaluation can be related to the applicant in any manner.
    • No individual completing an evaluation can be employed by the applicant or the applicant’s family.
    • No individual completing an evaluation can receive, be offered to receive, or promised to receive, any compensation in consideration for preparing the evaluation. This includes money, property, or services (such as trips or vacations) of any kind.
    • Applicant may not, at any time, take any action to compel or impose any condition upon any individual or organization to disclose any evaluation of the applicant that was submitted to the Program.
    • Applicant waives any right he or she may have to view, review or object to any evaluation provided by any instructor or guidance counselor.

  6. Interview.  Applicants may be asked for an interview as a condition of the grant of any scholarship.

  7. Verification.  Verification of what is presented in the application may be obtained from any source.

  8. Sole Discretion.  Scholarship award recipients will be determined at the sole discretion of the scholarship Program committee or administrator.

  9. Disclosure of Information.  The information provided in the application may be provided and disclosed to the Keyvan Samini Scholarship Program Committee and to any other person(s) authorized by the Program to review the information for purposes of awarding any scholarship provided by the Program.

  10. Limitation on Scholarships.  Applicants can receive only one scholarship per academic year and award amounts can be applied for tuition only.

  11. Acceptance.  The winner of a scholarship must acknowledge acceptance of the scholarship within 30 days of the announcement of the scholarship winner.

  12. Forfeiture of Scholarship.  Any scholarship winner that does not acknowledge acceptance of the scholarship within 30 days will forfeit their right to the scholarship and another candidate will be selected by the Program without further notice to the winner.

  13. Payment of Proceeds.  Scholarship proceeds will be paid directly to the qualified college or university which the applicant will attend during the 2019-2020 academic year.

  14. Marketing.  Scholarship winners will be required to submit a current photo to the Program and grants the Program permission to use their photo on the Program’s website and in other marketing communications.

  15. Release of Liability.  Applicant’s signature hereby releases from liability any person(s) submitting information to the Program for use in the selection of scholarship winners.

  16. Misrepresentation.  Any applicant who is found to have misrepresented information, or omitted material information on their application will automatically forfeit their right to any awarded scholarship, any scholarship granted will be cancelled, and the applicant will be barred from applying for any scholarship provided by the Program at any time in the future.