The NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION

Available Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of many dedicated donors, the National Italian American Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to outstanding Italian American students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.

We strongly encourage you to browse the descriptions below of the various scholarship funds to learn more about specific eligibility criteria. Detailed descriptions may be seen by clicking on the name of the scholarship.

Visit our Scholarship Overview page for general eligibility criteria and “how to” instructions.


A. Lucchetti Martino Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student who is majoring in International Relations. This student should have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Agnes E. Vaghi Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding female Italian American undergraduate student majoring in Italian, English, literature or journalism. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Angela Gajarsa Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student who is an incoming freshman. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Antonio & Felicia Marinelli Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding student (undergraduate or graduate) who is studying at the American University of Rome. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Caroline Guarini Memorial Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student (undergraduate or graduate) majoring in music or a music-related field. This student must originally be from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Da Vinci Scholar

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student who is an incoming freshman. This student must currently attend high school in New Castle County, Delaware; Chester County, Pennsylvania; or Delaware County, Pennsylvania; demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Emanuele Gianturco Memorial Scholarship

To be awarded to outstanding Italian American students (undergraduate and graduate). This student must a first-generation college student, demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Filomena C. Peloro Scholarship

To be awarded to outstanding Italian American students (undergraduate and graduate). This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Frank D. Stella Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student majoring in business or a business-related field. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Frank J. Corsaro Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student who is majoring in political science, law (either in law school or declared pre-law in undergraduate school) or medicine (either in medical school or majoring in a medical related field in undergraduate school). This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Gene Pettignano Scholarship Fund

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student majoring in journalism, English, languages or communications. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Giargiari Medical Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American medical student (either in medical school or declared pre-med in undergraduate school) with a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Inglese Memorial Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student (undergraduate or graduate) with heritage specifically from the region of Lombardy. This student must be a first-generation college student, demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Maurizio A. Gianturco Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding student studying abroad in Italy and majoring in fine arts, liberal arts, language or architecture. Students studying through Boston University are preferred. Students should also have a GPA of 3.5 or higher with demonstrated financial need.


Merrill Lynch Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student majoring in business or a business-related field originally from the New York area. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Mike & Marion Marinelli Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student who is studying at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Abruzzo Molise Heritage Scholarship

To be awarded to two outstanding undergraduate students whom have not previously won the Abruzzo Molise Heritage scholarship and are studying at a college or university within a 50 mile radius of Washington D.C. area or are residents within a 50 mile radius of Washington DC.  The recipients must either major or minor in Italian language and cultural studies. These students must have a GPA of 3.2 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American incoming freshman, undergraduate or graduate student. Preference is given to students with a permanent residence in Florida who are not receiving other financial aid. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Gabelli Foundation Scholarship

To be awarded to an Italian graduate student from Bocconi University who is attending Columbia University’s School of Business to complete their Master’s in Business Administration. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Il Circolo Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches Matching Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student from the Palm Beach, Florida area. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Intel Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student majoring in chemical or electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Italian American Club of Southern Nevada Distinguished Student Matching Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student who is a resident of Clark County, NV. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Jack Valenti Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American (undergraduate or graduate) student majoring in film or a related field. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Jim Cantalupo Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student majoring in Italian, Spanish, or business. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Lido Civic Club Matching Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student or incoming freshman with a permanent home within a 50 mile radius of Washington D.C. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.2 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Maaco Enterprises, Inc. Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student (undergraduate or graduate) who is originally from Pennsylvania. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


NIAF Norman R. Peterson Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student (undergraduate or graduate) at John Cabot University. This student must originally be from the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Richard Perrone Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student attending school in Connecticut and majoring in computer science or a technology related field. This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


Salvatore “Sal” Catanese Clark County Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American incoming freshman who is a graduate of a Clark County, NV high school. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher. Preference will be given to students with Sicilian heritage. This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years.


Salvatore “Sal” Catanese National Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American incoming freshman. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher. Preference will be given to students with Sicilian heritage. This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years.


The Graziadio Legacy Scholarship

To be awarded to an Italian American student or a student studying Italian that is enrolled at the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. This student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


The Louis A. Caputo, Jr. Legal Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student who is majoring in law (either in law school or declared pre-law in undergraduate school). This student should have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


The Marnell Foundation Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American student (undergraduate or graduate) originally from the state of Nevada. Preference is given to those students who are majoring in International Relations or a related field.  This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.


The Martini Foundation/National Italian American Foundation Villanova University Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American incoming freshman or current undergraduate student at Villanova University and preferably from northern New Jersey (from Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union or Warren counties) originally. The student must have demonstrated financial need and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.


Vincent Zecchino Medical Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American medical student (either in Medical School or declared Pre-Med in undergraduate school). This student must have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher.