NIAF Voyage of Discovery Program Now Open to Applicants


Natalie Wulderk

Ambassador Peter F. Secchia endowed program accepting
for the all-expenses paid 2019 Italy Trip—

Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2018) – The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces today that applications are open for its Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program. Now in its 19th year, this all-expenses paid cultural and educational initiative sends Italian American college students to Italy each year, to strengthen their understanding of their heritage and the contributions Italy has made to the world.

“The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery, a cornerstone program at the National Italian American Foundation, is a life-changing experience. These young Italian Americans are not only bonded to the land of their ancestors, but the trip fosters lifelong friendships and a newfound appreciation for their heritage, and that is priceless,” said NIAF Program Manager of Government Affairs and Community Outreach Gabriella Mileti.

The trip will take place in June 2019 and will include opportunities for students to attend educational lectures; meet with government officials and business leaders; visit government offices, international businesses, museums and other cultural attractions; and perform community service.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 23 at the time of travel (June 2019); enrolled in a college or university for the semester preceding the trip (Spring 2019); and must be of Italian descent and have never traveled to Italy.

How To Apply

Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants are also required to email a transcript and two written recommendations from a teacher, school official, or a political or community leader.

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 1, 2019 (11:59 p.m. PT). Applicants will be notified via email on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. To learn more about the Foundation and become a member, please visit