This fund awards scholarships to Reading High School graduating seniors who:
- will further their education after high school
- demonstrate the potential to excel in college
- have an acceptable high school attendance record
- and have a financial need.
Words from the Amin family:
Our mother, Mandan Amin, was born in the Northern Province of Iran. Early in her life, she learned the importance of education through her father, who taught her that the only way to influence people and make a difference would be to be educated. Throughout school, she studied hard and received an award of excellence reserved only for those from the school district that had finished at the top of the class. Her love of science and medicine and her strong ambition led her to follow an unconventional journey. While there was equality for women to get educated, most did not venture far from home. After mom graduated from high school, she moved to Tehran to follow her dreams. She taught science, mathematics and drawing in an all-girl high school. She later went abroad to Germany where she got a bigger view of the world.
Upon her return to Tehran, she majored in political science at Tehran University Law School, which was a competitive undergraduate program. She then earned a Master’s degree in hospital administration and completed an internship in a Tehran hospital. Throughout Mandan’s life, she championed policies that streamlined hospital protocols because she knew that supporting further medical training and advocating for patients’ comfort promoted faster healing. Mandan also joined an international organization for children where she taught and prepared youth with intellectual disabilities for primary school.
In the 1970s, Mandan made the difficult decision to leave everything she had ever known. After settling in the United States, Mandan focused her attention on her children and their education. All three children followed their education path and the American Dream.
A common thread in Mandan’s life was to actively help people. Whether it was disadvantaged children who could not advocate for themselves or friends needing support or empathy, Mandan was always there. Our mother was the person who pushed us and others to be their best selves. She believed everyone had some talent and, through education and hard work, they could realize their own American Dream.
It was our mom’s wish to provide others with the same opportunities that were given to her own children. Following in her footsteps, it is an honor for us to form a scholarship program in her honor.
Dr. Ali Amin