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 2021 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.

2021-2022 Academic Year

Application Deadlines


Starting on December 1, 2020, click the “Apply” button below to start your 2021-2022 NIAF Scholarship Application.


Application: March 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. EST
Supporting Documents: March 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. EST
Decision Notification: May 3, 2021 5:00 p.m. EST

How to Apply

Complete Application
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Upload resume
Request recommendation letter(s)