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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 on letterhead, typed, PDF format
  • Transcript from college/university
  • Resume, PDF format

E-mail letters of recommendation, transcript and resume in PDF format to: by Friday, February 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT

Application Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PT
Applicants Notified: Friday, March 1, 2024, 5:00 p.m. PT via email
Applicant Acceptance Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2024, 5:00 p.m. PT via email


Please Note: Fields with a red * are required

    Contact Information:

    * NIAF Member number (Not a member? Click here.)

    * How did you hear about the Voyage of Discovery?

    * Are you a member of a NIAF Affiliate Organization or are you being referred by someone who is a member of a NIAF Affiliate Organization?

    If so, what NIAF Affiliate Organization are you a member of?

    * The Voyage of Discovery takes in two different sessions. Please select your preferred timeframe in June. Specific dates subject to change. NIAF cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your preferred session.

    * Gender:

    * First Name:

    * Middle Name:

    * Last Name:

    * Home Address:

    Home Address (continued):

    * 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(s):

    * Parent/Guardian's Address:

    Parent/Guardian's Address (continued):

    * Parent/Guardian's 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)

    * Tell us a bit about yourself and why you should be selected for the Voyage of Discovery 2024? 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 a day of community service. 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?

    Processing Fee and Deposit Policy

    Students Selected to Participate: Proof of student status and a $150 non-refundable processing fee and current credit card will be requested of only those students accepted into the program. Any non-refundable costs incurred by NIAF before or during the program will be charged to the student’s credit card. Additionally, any costs incurred due to violation of the “Code of Conduct” resulting in early termination of the student’s participation in the Voyage of Discovery program will be charged to the participant’s credit card.

    Before travel, students will be required to purchase a student travel insurance.

    * 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, not luxury.

    NOTE: only online applications will be accepted