Scholarships Now Available Through The National Italian American Foundation


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

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*Application deadline: March 1, 2014*

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 19, 2013) Scholarships will be available to college students through the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and cultural grants since its founding in 1976.

Since NIAF’s inception 38 years ago, the scholarship program has grown from four scholarships of $250 each to dozens of annual scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000 each in the humanities, medicine, engineering, business, music, Italian language and culture, and other specialized fields. Last year, the average scholarship to students in the United States was worth more than $3,000.

“NIAF has awarded millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and grants across the country since its inception. NIAF’s leadership is extremely proud of the high caliber of our scholarship students and their outstanding achievements,” said NIAF President and COO John M. Viola.

Scholarship applicants must be NIAF members or have a parent or guardian who is a NIAF member. Applicants must be enrolled or entering a college or university in the fall of 2014, and either must be of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or a student of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to apply.

Contributors to the NIAF scholarship program include individuals, corporations and organizations across the United States.

Apply online for a 2014-2015 NIAF scholarship at Application deadline is March 1, 2014. NIAF scholarship winners will be announced on May 16, 2014 online.

For more information on establishing a NIAF scholarship, contact Gabriella Mileti at

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit