Investing in the Success of
Future Italian American Leaders

Our Mission


Thanks to the generosity of the Italian American community, the National Italian American Foundation has awarded over $10,000,000 in scholarships since its founding. NIAF administers nearly 200 scholarships annually, ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000 to Italian American students studying a wide variety of subjects.


Applicants must…

  • Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education on a full time basis for the Fall 2022 semester
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). (Some scholarships require a lower GPA for eligibility. Students in a pass-fail system are also eligible.)
  • Be a United States Citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Have Italian American ancestry. To be considered Italian American, the student must have at least one
    ancestor who has immigrated from Italy
  • Have an active NIAF Membership. Student may use their parent, guardian or grandparent’s membership.

*NIAF scholarships have additional specific eligibility requirements.
Please visit our Available Scholarships page to review all criteria.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Application Deadlines


The 2021-2022 NIAF Scholarship Application closed on March 1, 2021 and will open for the 2022-2023 academic year on December 1. All applicants for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle will be notified of their status via e-mail on May 3, 2021 by 5:00 PM EDT.


Application: March 1, 2022 11:59 p.m. EST
Supporting Documents: March 1, 2022 11:59 p.m. EST
Decision Notification: May 2, 2022 5:00 p.m. EDT

How to Apply

Make a Scholarship Account
Complete Application
Upload transcript
Upload resume
Request recommendation letter(s)