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PCLA 2017 Applications

Scholarships for students of Italian, due APRIL 30th. 


Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy 2017 Applications

National Leadership Grants – General Information

Through the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) with hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) has awarded nearly $61 million in scholarships to date.

In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, in a nationwide competition. These figures and the number of scholarships may vary according to funding each year.

General Eligibility: U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in an under-graduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution for the 2017 Fall term. Previous SIF scholarship winners are not eligible. (Please note: Additional eligibility requirements may apply to specific scholarships.)

General Requirements: Please see each scholarship description for its specific requirements. The following general requirements apply to all scholarships (except where noted):

Application Form: The application form must be submitted along with requirements for each scholarship.

Transcripts: For each scholarship, transcripts provided must be through the December 2016 term. All transcripts must be stamped by the institution and included in a separate, sealed envelope. Transcripts may be submitted with entire application package, however, we understand some schools prefer to send them separately.

Processing Fee: A $35 non-refundable processing fee is required with each scholarship application. The fee includes a one-year national at-large membership to the Order Sons of Italy in America and an online subscription to Italian America magazine.

  • Only money orders will be accepted; no exceptions. Make money orders payable to the Sons of Italy Foundation.
  • Any application without the processing fee or with the processing fee postmarked after the deadline will not be eligible. Processing fees for incomplete or late applications will not be refunded.

Deadline: The deadline for all scholarships (unless otherwise noted) is February 28, 2017. All requirements for a given scholar-ship must be met or the application will not be considered. All required materials must be in one package and postmarked no later than February 28, 2017. Transcripts may be mailed separately but must be postmarked by February 28, 2017. Express mail, FedEx or the equivalent is highly recommended for those sending applications in late February. Applications and required materials postmarked after February 28, 2017, will not be accepted under any circumstance. No exceptions will be made. The SIF takes no responsibility for incomplete or late applications.

To expedite application processing, please mail all materials in one packet and send via certified or express mail.

All complete applications should be sent to:

Sons of Italy Foundation
Attn: National Leadership Grant Competition
219 E Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Process: Applications are screened by education professionals. Final selection is made by OSIA’s National Education Committee. Scholarship recipients only will be notified by May 1. Monetary awards are presented directly to students’ academic institutions in accordance with eligibility requirements.

Please view the full list of scholarships that are available. Be sure to read all details, requirements and deadlines for the scholarship(s) for which you wish to apply.


Summer Course Journey to Sicily spots still open

There are still a couple of spots open for this amazing opportunity. All levels of Italian are welcome, and the class counts towards a major, minor, or cluster in Italian studies, as well as towards language GE.  Please contact for more info and financing.

Sicily presents a prime opportunity to experience cultural hybridization at its best and most beautiful. Due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean basin, the island of Sicily has been invaded over the centuries by many civilizations from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Byzantines and Arabs and later to the Christian kings of Europe, each leaving a mark on the culture and traditions of the island inhabitants.  This cultural and linguistic immersion experience will be based in the archeologically rich and elegant town of Taormina, considered an unmissable stop on the Grand Tours of the 19th centuries and since then visited by many important artists and filmmakers. Students will engage in a rich curriculum integrating daily linguistic coursework, excursions to sites of naturalistic and artistic importance, and cultural activities familiarizing them with traditional and contemporary aspects of Sicilian life.”

2/1/17 Update:

App is STILL open! Apply before March 2nd to be eligible.


NIAF 2017 Applications are Now Open

Niaf is now accepting applications for two of their scholarship programs. See details below, and visit their website here.

(Note: the applications are free, but you must be a member of NIAF- a student membership fee for the year costs 25 dollars).

Now Accepting Applications for NIAF 2017 Scholarships

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for its NIAF2017 Scholarships. For the past 41 years, NIAF’s scholarship program has grown to over 80 annual scholarships ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000 in the fields of Italian language and culture, medicine, engineering, business, law, music, and other specialized fields.

Scholarship applicants must be a NIAF member, or have a parent or guardian who is a member of the Foundation. Applicants must also be enrolled in, or entering, an accredited college or university in the United States in the fall of 2017. For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be considered “Italian American,” the applicant must have at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy; applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. All requirements including recommendation letters and other supporting documents must be uploaded to the application by the deadline in order for it to be considered complete. Application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST). Scholarship recipients will be notified via email on Monday, May 8, 2017.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. Based in Washington, D.C., it is the major advocate for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the nation’s fifth largest ethnic group. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at or on my direct line at (202)939-3114.

Now Accepting Applications for the 18th Annual Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program

All-expenses-paid Trip to Italy for Italian American Students

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for itsAmbassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program. Now in its 18th year, this all-expenses-paid cultural and educational initiative sends 20 Italian American college and university students to Italy each year, to strengthen their understanding of their heritage and the contributions Italy has made to the world.

The 14-day trip, which will take place in June 2017, will include opportunities for students to attend educational lectures; meet with government officials and business leaders; visit government offices, international businesses, museums and other cultural attractions; and perform community service.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 23 at the time of travel (June 2017); enrolled in a college or university for the semester preceding the trip (Spring 2017); and must be of Italian heritage and have never travelled to Italy.

Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants are also required to mail a transcript, resume and two written recommendations from a teacher, school official, political or community leader. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST). Applicants will be notified via email on Monday, February 27, 2017.

 If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at or on my direct line at (202)939-3114.

Buone feste,



Internship Opportunity

Cari studenti,
Prof. Pacchioni and I received this message and were wondering if some of you who are seniors or are graduating soon may be interested in this opportunity as interns.
They are already doing interviews. Level of Italian can be even low-medium. This internship (up to $500 per month) may end up with a job. What is required: interest in Italian culture/society/cuisine.
The email below is quite detailed if you want to know more.
If you decide to give it a chance, please contact Emanuela Panebianco (PANEBIAN@CHAPMAN.EDU) and copy me and prof Pacchioni ( in the same email.

~Professor Paduano (

Cari colleghi,
Invio questa richiesta urgente da parte di un caro amico imprenditore (Emanuele Ponzi), CEO di, alla ricerca di interns per azienda in rapida espansione a Los Angeles e gia` diversi impiegati e strutture, <>
Il suo sales manager sta gia` intervistando una varieta` di candidati per interns ben impostate con training incluso per assunzione permanente di futuri account executives per i giusti candidati al termine dei 3 mesi. Il tirocinio include un rimborso spese mensile fino a $500 e, in base a esperienza, potenziale bonus con promozione.

Ricercati pertanto giovani laureandi/laureati di lingua madre inglese con interesse nella cucina/cultura/societa`italiane a Los Angeles e conoscenza della lingua italiana (livello anche basso-medio).

Vi contatto nel caso sapete di studenti che hanno frequentato il corso di cucina e cultura (Francesca) o comunque seniors o recentemente laureati in cerca di opportunita`che potrebbero essere contattati.

L’opportunita` di colloquio e` gia` in corso e pertanto urgente (non si offrono crediti universitari al momento) ma eventualmente potrebbe essere un’opzione.

Grazie mille per qualsiasi consiglio,
Emanuela Panebianco, MBA, M.A.DITALS
Adjunct Faculty, World Languages and Cultures
Chapman University
(714) 997.6843 | Mobile: (303) 907.2681


Now offering for Summer 2017

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Attend a national conference representing Chapman Italian Club! Deadline is SEPTEMBER 16th:

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is accepting applications for NIAF on Campus, a NIAF Italian American Leadership Council (IALC) Fellow Program now through September 16th 2016 at 11:59 pm EST!  We are looking for 15 Italian American college students that are active in their Italian clubs to help create a unified strategy to organizing and managing their Italian/Italian American organizations. The goal of NIAF on Campus is to support the engagement of future generations of Italian Americans in the leadership of our community, bringing together the most active student leaders throughout the nation.

This program begins with IALC Fellows’ collaboration with NIAF at our 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend in Washington DC to discuss how NIAF can act as a resource to existing groups on college campuses.  NIAF’s support will continue through NIAF sponsored/club generated Italian American educational programming on each group’s respective campuses during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Program Includes:

  • Roundtrip travel expenses (i.e. airfare or train fare) for student to Washington, D.C.
  • Two-night hotel accommodation at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Free access to all NIAF Gala Weekend Events including the Friday night event and Saturday night 41st Anniversary Gala Dinner
  • NIAF’s support for cultural programming on university campuses

For more information and application details, please visit

If you or your students have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

Julia Streisfeld, Assistant Director of Programs

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

1860 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009  Direct: 202/939-3114   Main: 202/387-0600   Fax: 202/387-0833