Now Accepting Applications for NIAF 2018 Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

Danielle DeSimone
National Italian American Foundation

(Washington, D.C. – December 4, 2017) The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for its NIAF 2018 Scholarships. For the past 42 years, NIAF’s scholarship program has grown to over 80 annual scholarships ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000 in the fields of Italian language and culture, medicine, engineering, business, law, music, and other specialized fields.

“The National Italian American Foundation is proud to continue its longstanding tradition of awarding merit-based scholarships to institutions and students across America. Each year, NIAF awards over a million dollars to deserving undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical and law students pursuing their dreams of higher education,” said Linda R. Carlozzi, co-chair of the Foundation’s Scholarships and Grants Committee.   “Our Scholarships and Grants Program is a core mission of NIAF, which supports Italian American students as they pursue their career goals.”

Scholarship applicants must be a NIAF member, or have a parent or guardian who is a member of the Foundation. Applicants must also be enrolled in, or entering, an accredited college or university in the United States in the fall of 2018. For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be considered “Italian American,” the applicant must have at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy; applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. All requirements including recommendation letters and other supporting documents must be uploaded to the application by the deadline in order for it to be considered complete. Application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST). Scholarship recipients will be notified via email on Monday, May 7, 2018.


The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. Based in Washington, D.C., it is the major advocate for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the nation’s fifth largest ethnic group. To learn more about the Foundation, visit