The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Application


  • Completed online application – Start your application below!
  • Two different letters of recommendation by a professor, or coach, or mentor, or community leader
  • Transcript from college/university
  • Resumé

All documents are to be e-mailed in PDF format to:

Application Opens: November 18, 2019
Application Deadline: Sunday, Friday, February 2, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PT
Applicants Notified: Monday, March 2, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PT via email
Applicant Acceptance Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PT via email

Please Note: Fields with a red * are required

* NIAF Member number (Not a member? Click here.)
* How did you hear about "The Voyage of Discovery" and the NIAF?

Contact Information:

* First Name:
Middle Name:
* Last Name:
* Gender:

* Home Address:

* Home City:
* Home State:
* Zip Code:
* Cell Phone:

* E-mail Address (non ".edu" email ONLY):

Applications submitted with a ".edu" email address will not be considered
*Confirm E-mail Address:
* Date of Birth:

Parent/Guardian Information:

* Relationship:
* Parent/Guardian's Name:
* Parent/Guardian's Address:

* City:
* Parent/Guardian's State:
* Parent/Guardian's Zip Code:
* Parent/Guardian's Phone:

Italian Background:

* Father of Italian Descent?
* Mother of Italian Descent?

* Italian region(s) where your ancestors are from. (To select multiple regions, press the Cntrl key as you click the regions)

(Optional) Enter more specific information (cities, etc...)

* Do you speak Italian?

-> If yes, what level?
* Have you ever been to Italy?

->If so, when and where?
* Have any of your siblings or relatives participated in the Voyage of Discovery program?

->If yes, please provide their name(s) and year(s) attended.
* Have you participated in any NIAF programs or activities in the past, including winning a NIAF scholarship?

->If yes, list the program(s) and year(s).

Academic Information:

* College/University Name:
* College/University Location (city, state):
* Major/Primary Area of Study:
* Expected Graduation Year:
* Overall GPA:

Essay Questions:

(No word limit)

*Why should you be selected for the Voyage of Discovery 2020? What do you hope to take away from participating in the Voyage of Discovery?

*Why is it important to maintain your cultural roots?
*Part of the Voyage of Discovery experience includes community service in a particular region or commune. How do you think your personal characteristics and experience would enhance our VOD team? What relevant experience or training would you bring to the team?
* Health Terms and Conditions:

I certify that I am in good physical and mental health and that I have no special medical or physical conditions, nor any special needs or requirements which would impede participation in the program, nor be of any harm or inconvenience to myself or the other participants. I understand that walking long distances, climbing stairs, and hikes may be required activities. I have read and acknowledged the NEW processing fee & deposit policy.

By checking this box, I agree to the above terms and conditions.
* Budget and Accommodations:

I understand that the accommodations for the Voyage of Discovery trip are budget (host family home stays, hostels/hotels), not luxury.

NOTE: only online applications will be accepted