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! 

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.  

Italian Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Program 2013

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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.

Coccia-Inserra Teaching Award Application

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 $4,000 the monetary prize associated with the Teaching Award. 

This substantially increased monetary component of the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) for academic year 2014 is to be allocated as follows:

a)    $2000 is to be used exclusively to advance the Italian language and culture curriculum and programming within the recipient’s classroom;

b)     $2000 is to be dedicated to the professional development of the winning teacher (for direct payment of academic fees to an institution of professional development in Italian language and culture at home or abroad).

The Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) will be presented on Friday, November 14th, 2014 during our seventh annual Teaching Italian Symposium-Workshops, the Coccia Institute’s signature professional development program for teachers of Italian, offered in collaboration with Montclair State’s Department of Spanish and Italian and the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies. The recipient’s travel and lodging expenses will be assumed by the Coccia-Inserra Award committee.

Please note the expanded set of 2014 eligibility requirements:

The award is open to teachers who currently are:
a.    Members in good standing of one of the following:
i.    AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian)
ii.    AAIS (American Association of Italian Studies)
iii.    ITANJ (Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey)

b.    The applicant must be a full-time language teacher who is certified as a teacher of Italian and who must be teaching a minimum of two classes of Italian at the K-12 level.  

To review the process guidelines and to apply for the Coccia-Inserra Teaching Award (K-12), please go to: Coccia-Inserra Teaching Award Application‌. 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 Please note: The deadline for applications is FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014. It is preferred that applications be submitted electronically, but hard copy applications also will be accepted.