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
We welcome you to see what we have to offer and encourage you to contact us for additional information!
Important: Please note that the deadline for all applications (electronic submissions only) is Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Please see the Department of Spanish and Italian's website for the application forms. The Chair of the Scholarship Committee is Dr. Andrea Dini, Associate Professor and Italian Language Coordinator, as well as Academic Director of the Montclair in Florence Program for 2014.
Scholarships & Internships
Italian Internships & Scholarships 2013-2014
Following are the Scholarships and Awards offered for the academic year 2013-2014:
The Coccia-Inserra & Inserra-Coccia Italian Student Internships
A highly proficient and motivated Italian Major to assist the Italian Language Program and Teacher Education Coordinators in various ways for seven hours per week. Duties include developing conversational materials and online resources for use in Italian courses, assisting with grading and other informal assessments, and engaging with students during and outside of class time using technological tools. Preference given, but not limited, to students in the Italian Teaching Certification Program and who possess strong technology skills. In specific cases, the intern may collaborate with a faculty member in Italian on a research project related to his/her future career goals.
Please note: The two internships for 2013-2014 have already been awarded
- The Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship for Fall 2013 ($1000)
- Inserra-Coccia International Italian Student Internship for Spring 2014 (duties include assistance with the organization of, and, if applicable, participation in the Montclair in Florence 2014 Program) ($1000)
The Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Memorial Intermediate Italian Scholarships
Coccia Foundation offers two awards at $500 in the memory of Coccia Foundation/Institute founder Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., for two students in their second or third years of Italian who demonstrate high achievement in the language.
The Coccia Foundation--Saddle Brook UNICO Chapter Scholarships for Excellence in Italian Language
The Saddle Brook Chapter of UNICO, in conjunction with Coccia Foundation, offers four awards of $250 for excellence in the Italian language. MSU Amici Club membership is preferred, but not required. To be awarded to majors and/or minors in Italian.
Coccia Foundation Graduate Study Award for a Career in the Teaching of Italian
Coccia Foundation offers one award at $1000 or two awards at $500 to majors in Italian who have applied to graduate studies and/or who are enrolled in the Teacher Education program and plan to teach Italian as their profession.
The Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter Italian Studies Award for Study Abroad
The Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter offers one $1000 award to a student who will be participating in a study abroad program with an accredited institution, preferably the Montclair in Florence Program. Applicants should submit an academic transcript as well. The recipient will be invited to receive the award during a Passaic Valley UNICO scholarship dinner (attendance is required).
The District VII UNICO Chapter -- An Award for Excellence in Italian Studies
The District VII UNICO Chapter offers one award (amount tba) for a student (senior preferred) who demonstrates high achievement in Italian and/or who will attend the 2014 Montclair in Florence Program. The recipient will be invited to receive the award during a District VII scholarship dinner (attendance is required).
Study Abroad Award: Angelo and Mary Cali Fund for Italian Studies
While not offered by Coccia Foundation or Institute, please note that the Angelo and Mary Cali Fund provides five $2000 awards for students who will be attending the 2014 Montclair in Florence Program. A minimum 3.2 grade point average is required for this award.
DiMattio-Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship
UNICO Foundation, Inc. (due to the generosity of the DiMattio and Celli families) will grant $1250 scholarships to two students attending accredited study abroad programs in Italy associated with a college or university in the United States. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements specified on the application.
Important: The deadline to submit materials to the Italian department's Scholarship committee for the DiMattio-Celli award is Friday, January 24th.
The Italian Scholarship Selection Committee
The Italian Scholarship Selection Committee, composed of Italian faculty, will establish the criteria for all awards, review applications, and select recipients. Results will be communicated to the award recipients via email.
Dr. Andrea Dini, Scholarship Committee (Chair), Department of Spanish and Italian, Conrad Schmitt Hall 241F
Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony
Awards will be presented at the annual “Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony,” hosted by the Coccia Institute, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Adelina Granito Ferraro Lounge, formerly known as the Courtyard Lounge, University Hall. [District VII UNICO and Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter scholarship winners must also attend the ceremonies hosted by those two donor organizations]. Please note that all scholarship recipients are expected to attend the April 2nd ceremony to thank our generous donors, who will present the awards to them personally. Prompt thanks, in writing, would also be expected after award conferral.
The 2013 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation In the Teaching of Italian (K-12)
[Please await additional information regarding the 2014 Award]
The Director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, Dr. Mary Ann Re, is delighted to announce that, recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have generously increased to $3,000 the monetary prize associated with the Teaching Award. These funds, which would be received by the recipient’s school, are to be used exclusively for the development and implementation of Italian language and cultural programming in the classroom of the K-12 teacher selected to receive this prestigious national award. The Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) will be presented on October 18, 2013 during our sixth annual Teaching Italian Symposium-Workshops, the Coccia Institute’s signature professional development program for teachers of Italian, offered in collaboration with MSU’s Department of Spanish and Italian and the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies.
To review the process guidelines and to apply for the Coccia-Inserra Teaching Award (K-12), please go to: Coccia-Inserra Teaching Award. Feel free to contact the Coccia Institute’s Director, Dr. Mary Ann Re, with any questions you might have regarding the Award (908.655.4038 or email@example.com). Please note: the deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Applications may be submitted electronically or via hard copy.