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Italian Scholarships

Here’s a list of scholarships offered by various institutions and organizations to students interested in studying Italian. If you are looking for ways to continue your passion for Italian, look into these opportunities!

For more information please contact Teresiana Matarrese at tmatarre@calpoly.edu.

Scholarship Name: LIADO, The Italian American Women of Today

  • Sponsoring Organization: LIADO, The Italian American Women of Today
  • Scholarship Amount: $500–$2,000
  • Deadline: January
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: High school senior, undergraduate, graduate, or returning student
  • GPA: Academic record considered
  • Major: Does not apply
  • Residence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Essays, transcript, standardized test scores, and letter of recommendation.
  • Contact: liadoscholarship@gmail.com
  • Website: http://www.liado.net/scholarships.html
     

Scholarship Name: NIAF Scholarship Program, General Category I 

  • Sponsoring Organization: National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
  • Amount: $2,500–$12,000 (40–50 scholarships awarded)
  • Deadline: March
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: High school senior, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, or law student
  • GPA: 3.5
  • Major: Does not apply
  • Residence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Must be a member or child of a member of NIAF. Transcript, teacher evaluation form, and optional FAFSA form.
  • Contact: scholarships@niaf.org
  • Website: http://www.niaf.org/programs/scholarships/
     

Scholarship Name: National Organization of Italian American Women Scholarship (for women)

  • Sponsoring Organization: National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW)
  • Amount: Information not available; contact organization for details
  • Deadline: March
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: Undergraduate or graduate student
  • GPA: 3.5
  • Major: Does not apply
  • Residence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Must demonstrate financial need. Essay, transcript, two letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae or resume, and $25 application fee.
  • Contact: noiaw@noiaw.org
  • URL: http://www.noiaw.org/ct/html/ta/me/scholarships/ti/scholarships
     

Scholarship Name: General Study Scholarship; The Charles Evans Scholarship 

  • Sponsoring Organization: Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA)*
  • Amount: Information not available; contact organization for details
  • Deadline: February
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
  • GPA: Academic record considered
  • Major: Does not apply R
  • esidence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Essay, transcript, standardized test scores, two letters of recommendation, resume, and $30 application fee
  • Contact: lkelly@osia.org
  • URL: http://www.osia.org/students/general-study-scholarships.php
     

Scholarship Name: Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship

  • Sponsoring Organization: UNICO Foundation**  
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: Undergraduate or graduate student
  • GPA: 3.0
  • Major: Does not apply
  • Residence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Essay or short story on a positive Italian American experience. Application must be obtained and submitted through a local UNICO chapter.
  • Contact: jntidona@unico.org
  • URL: http://www.unico.org/scholarships.asp
     

Scholarship Name: Sergeant John Basilone Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Sponsoring Organization: UNICO ​Foundation**  
  • Amount: $1,500 per year for a maximum of four years
  • Deadline: April
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: Undergraduate senior or graduate beginning postgraduate studies
  • GPA: Information not available; contact organization for details
  • Major: Does not apply
  • Residence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Application must be obtained and submitted through a local UNICO chapter
  • Contact: jntidona@unico.org
  • URL: http://www.unico.org/scholarships.asp
     

Scholarship Name: North County Italian Association Scholarship 

  • Sponsoring Organization: North County Italian Association
  • Amount: $1,000 (five scholarships available)
  • Deadline: March
  • Italian Descent Required: Yes
  • Educational Level: High school senior or undergraduate student
  • GPA: 3.0
  • Major: Does not apply
  • Residence: North County San Diego, California
  • Other Requirements: Transcript, two letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Applicant may be contacted for a personal interview.
  • Contact: nciascholarships@yahoo.com
  • URL: http://www.northcountyitalianassociation.org/scholarships.htm
     

Scholarship Name: NIAF Scholarship Program, General Category II 

  • Sponsoring Organization: National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Amount: $2,500–$12,000
  • Deadline: March
  • Italian Descent Required: No
  • Educational Level: High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
  • GPA: 3.5
  • Major: Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies, or related field
  • Residence: Does not apply
  • Other Requirements: Must be a member or have a parent/guardian member of NIAF. Transcript, teacher evaluation form, and optional FAFSA form.
  • Contact: scholarships@niaf.org
  • URL: http://www.niaf.org/programs/scholarships/
     

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