The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students.

Scholarship Status: CLOSED

Next scholarship cycle: December 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017

Notifications: Applicants will receive their scholarship decision via e-mail on Monday, May 9th 2016.

Scholarship awards range from $2,500-$12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, and legal students.

Each scholarship award can only cover tuition and university-provided room and board. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the following academic year. Scholarship applicants and winners can and are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

For questions on how to apply for a scholarship, please refer to our Scholarship Application Instructions or our FAQ. If you require TECHNICAL assistance, please email

To be considered for a NIAF scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

• Be a member of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF.  Not a member? CLICK HERE to join today!

• Be enrolled in an US accredited institution of higher education for the Fall 2016.

• Have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent).  Students that are a part of a pass/fail system are also welcome to apply.

• Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien.

• For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be “Italian American” the student must have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy.

• To see if you qualify for our scholarships, please review our active scholarship descriptions.

No immediate family members of the NIAF Board of Directors, Regional Vice-Presidents, Area Coordinators or staff are eligible for NIAF scholarships.