Scholarships, Internships & Awards

The Coccia Institute, in conjunction with Coccia Foundation, friends of the Institute and the Department of Spanish and Italian, provides students with numerous opportunities for 

  • scholarships
  • internships
  • awards    

We welcome you to see what we have to offer and encourage you to contact us for additional information about future scholarships and awards!

Dear Italian Majors/Minors:

The Spring 2017 list of scholarships is now available below and on the department webpage. The deadline for the submission of the application is Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at midnight. The Italian program strongly encourages Italian majors, double majors and minors to take advantage of the scholarships offered below. Additional scholarships will be announced during the Spring 2017 semester.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM:

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE for Spring 2017:  FEBRUARY 5, 2017 at midnight
    (note that there are different deadlines for the scholarships outside the Italian Program)
  • Award recipients will be announced one week after the deadline

I.  SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM IN 2016-17

II. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND ITALIAN

III. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH GLOBAL ED

IV. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED OFF CAMPUS (local or national competitions)

V. ASSISTANTSHIP OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE INSERRA CHAIR

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I. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM IN 2016-17

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2017 at midnight. Scholarship Application Spring 2017
* Award priority will be given to students who have declared or intend to declare the Italian major, double major, or minor. Students who intend to declare an Italian major or minor should submit the major/minor declaration form to the committee at: delprinciped@montclair.edu and mieleg@montclair.edu. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships will be deposited directly to the recipient's university account.
 
1. Columbian Foundation Scholarship (1 for $2,000)
The Columbian Foundation will grant $2,000 to an Italian major or double major enrolled at Montclair State University (minors will be considered as well). Priority will be given to new students in the program (transfer and high school students) and to students pursuing interdisciplinary studies by combining Italian Studies with fields such as business, nutrition, design, fashion, art, etc.
 
2. The Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Memorial Intermediate Italian Scholarships (2 for $500)
For two students enrolled in an Italian class who demonstrate high academic achievement. Priority will be given to students at the intermediate level.
 
3. Italian Program Scholarship for High Achievement in Italian (1 for $1,000)
The Italian Program awards one student enrolled in the 2016-17 academic year who demonstrates high achievement in Italian. Priority will be given to students who are pursuing an interdisciplinary degree combining fields such as business, nutrition, design, and art with Italian Studies.
 
4. Coccia Foundation Award for Italian Major with Teacher Certification or Post-BA Certificate in Italian Student (1 for $1,000 or 2 for $500)
Awarded to students enrolled in the Italian Major with Teacher Certification Program or the Post-BA/Graduate Certificate in Italian (CRI) program who demonstrate high achievement in the Italian Program.
 
5. Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy (1 for $1,000)
This Department of Spanish and Italian award is offered on an alternating basis to Spanish and Italian students and is next offered to an Italian student in 2017-18. 
Awarded to a student enrolled in an Italian class who will attend the Montclair in Florence Program in 2018 (or, alternatively, another university’s Study Abroad Program In Italy).
 
6.  Italian American Club of Four Seasons of Great Notch Student Achievement Award (1 for $500)
Awarded to a student who demonstrates high achievement in Italian.

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II. INTERNSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM

1. $5,000 Conrad Schmitt Scholarship (TBA in Spring 2017)
This scholarship is available to full-time prospective juniors and seniors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Department of Spanish and Italian. Preference will be given to a non-native speaker studying the foreign language as their second language. This scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.
Minimum cumulative GPA required: 3.0.
Deadline:
 
2. Eleanor Salmon Keyser Scholarship (TBA in Spring 2017)
Established in 1988, this scholarship fund offers one scholarship to a major in Italian each year (and one to a major in Spanish). Selection will be based on: academic achievement, excellence in writing and service to the university and community, as evidenced by the candidate’s GPA and two letters of recommendation from faculty members in the Italian section of the Department of Spanish and Italian that highlight service to the university and community as well as excellence in writing demonstrated by the student in term papers, essays or creative writings in Italian. The recipients will be chosen by the department chair and two or three faculty members.
 
3. Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy (1 for $1,000) - see information above under Scholarships offered through the Italian Program #5

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III. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH GLOBAL ED

1. The Margaret B. Holz Scholarship Program (approximately $500)
For undergraduate language majors studying abroad. Deadline: March 1, 2017. See guidelines and application here.
 
2.  Peter Balsamo Scholarship for Language and Heritage Study Abroad ($500-1,000)
Awarded to MSU student with financial need to study language and culture or heritage abroad. Deadline: March 1, 2017 (for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 study abroad). Application available at: Balsamo Scholarship Guidelines
 
3. Anita Magistro Udell Scholarship for Language Majors ($1,000)
Awarded annually to a student majoring in a foreign language who is in financial need or identifies as an underrepresented minority. Deadline: March 1, 2017 (for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 study abroad). Application available at: Udell Scholarship Guidelines
 
4. Scholarships for study abroad programs offered through the Global Education Center.
See full list of funding opportunities here.
For information, contact Wendy Gilbert-Simon at the Global Education Center: simonw@mail.montclair.edu

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IV. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED OFF CAMPUS (local or national competitions)

1. Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter Scholarship for Study Abroad (1 for $1,000)
Deadline: February 17, 2017
Awarded to a student who is attending the Montclair in Florence Program in 2017 (or, alternatively, another university’s Study Abroad Program In Italy).
*This scholarship will be awarded directly to the recipient. Attendance at the awards ceremony organized by Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter (date/time TBA) is required. For application, contact Mr. Joe Agresti (agresti@unico.org or agresti1@aol.com)
 
2. UNICO NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 2016-2017
The Italian American organization UNICO offers an array of scholarships every year through its own program. Listed below are some of the scholarships that are of relevance to students of Italian on our campus. The selection process of these scholarships is run by the UNICO Foundation, and is separate from that of the scholarships offered on campus. For more information on the scholarships below (read specific requirements about citizenship, heritage and state of residence) as well as the full list of the UNICO scholarships, visit their webpage or contact the UNICO National Scholarship Director, Joan Tidona at jntidona@unico.org  
 
A. DiMattio-Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship (2 for $1,250)
The UNICO Foundation, in conjunction with the DiMattio and Celli families, will grant $1,250 scholarships to two students enrolled in the Italian program in the 2016-17 academic year who will attend the Montclair in Florence Program in 2017 (or, alternatively, another university’s Study Abroad Program in Italy). Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements specified on the application, including United States citizenship and Italian heritage.
 
B. Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies (1 for $1,000)
The UNICO Foundation will provide a scholarship, valued at $1,000, to a student enrolled full-time, in an accredited college/university program in the United States pursuing Italian Studies. A candidate must hold United States citizenship. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.
 
C. Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship for College/University students (2 for $2,500)
The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students enrolled full-time, in an accredited college/university program in the United States pursuing a degree. A nominee must hold United States citizenship. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.
 
D. Ella T. Grasso Scholarship - Italian Heritage (2 for $1,000)
The UNICO Foundation will provide two scholarships, valued at $1,000 each. Application for this program will be open to matriculated college students. Terms of submission require the candidate to present, in writing, an original short story or essay celebrating their Italian heritage.
 
3. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN (Deadline: March 1, 2017)
 The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) offers targeted scholarships through its yearly program. The selection process for the scholarships listed below is run by the NOIAW, and is separate from that of the scholarships offered on our campus. For more information on the funding opportunities below (read specific requirements about citizenship and heritage), visit NOIAW.
 
4. NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) Scholarships (DEADLINE: March 1, 2017)
The program offers a wide array of scholarships to students who are NIAF members or whose parents or guardians are members. See description and application form
 

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V. ASSISTANTSHIP OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE INSERRA CHAIR

Inserra Program assistant [for the full academic year].  For more information, see Inserra website or contact Inserra Chair, Dr. Teresa Fiore (fiorete@montclair.edu).

 

Important:  Please note that the deadline for all applications (electronic submissions only) is February 5, 2017 at midnight.  All applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, chaired by Dr. Andrea Dini, Associate Professor and Italian Language Coordinator, and Academic Director of the Montclair in Florence Program.

Italian Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Program 2016   

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