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!

Thanks to the members of our Scholarship Committee, Prof. Teresa Fiore (Chair), Prof. David DelPrincipe and Prof. Gina Miele.

The Coccia Institute warmly congratulates all our scholarship and awards recipients! Congratulazioni!

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 scholarships and awards! A special
thank you to our generous donors, our Italian faculty, and to all the families of our award recipients who joined in our joyous celebration on April 6th!

And now, a rousing round of applause for:
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Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship -- Fall 2015
Vincitore: Dariell Vasquez

Inserra-Coccia International Italian Student Internship -- Spring 2016
Vincitrice: Vittoria Fronte

Columbian Foundation Scholarship
Vincitrice: Emma Rush

Italian Program Scholarship for High Achievement in Italian
Vincitrice: Vittoria Sabba

The Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Memorial Intermediate Italian Scholarships
Vincitrici: Talia Antonacci
Brittany Savill

Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter Italian Studies Award for Study Abroad
Vincitore: Joseph Scarpa

Italian American Club of Four Seasons at Great Notch
Student Achievement Award
Vincitrice: Ashly Espinoza

Coccia Foundation Award for a Career in the Teaching of Italian
Vincitore: Michael Vicchio

The Barbara Carbon Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy
Vincitrice: Kelly Guapacha

Important:  Please note that the deadline for all applications (electronic submissions only) was February 7, 2016.  All applications were 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. All internship, scholarship and award recipients for academic year 2015-16 were notified on February 16, 2015. 

 

Italian Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Program 2016   

See more photos on Google photos! 

Scholarships & Internships

Italian Internships & Scholarships 2015-2016

Following are the Scholarships and Awards offered for the academic year 2015-2016: 

 I. SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM

For all the scholarships with the Feb. 7 deadline, APPLY HERE

1. Columbian Foundation Scholarship (NEW) (1 for $2,000)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight
The Columbian Foundation will grant $2,000 to an Italian major/double major (minors will be considered as well) enrolled at Montclair State University in the 2015-16 AY. Priority will be given to new students in the program (transfer and high school students) and to students pursuing interdisciplinary studies by combining fields such as business, nutrition, design, and art with Italian Studies. Evidence of intended declared status, i.e., copy of the completed and signed form for declaring the major/minor (available here), should be submitted to the committee via email at: fiorete@montclair.edu
For more information about a new interdisciplinary Italy Studies Major and Minor, contact Italian Deputy Chair Dr. Enza Antenos-Conforti (antenosconfe@mail.montclair.edu)
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

2. The Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Memorial Intermediate Italian Scholarships (2 for $500)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight
For two students enrolled in the 2015-16 academic year in an Italian class who demonstrate high academic achievement in the Italian Program. Priority will be given to students at the intermediate level who have declared the major/minor or intend to declare it. For those students who are not officially registered as majors/minors yet, evidence of intended declared status, i.e., copy of the completed and signed form for declaring the minor/major (available here), should be submitted to the committee via email at: fiorete@montclair.edu
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

3. Italian Program Scholarship for High Achievement in Italian (1 for $1,000)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight
The Italian Program offers one $1,000 award to a student enrolled in the 2015-16 academic year who demonstrates high achievement in Italian. Priority will be given to a student who has declared the Italian major or minor in the 2015-16 academic year, or to students pursuing interdisciplinary studies by combining fields such as business, nutrition, design, and art with Italian Studies. Evidence of intended declared status, i.e., copy of the completed and signed form for declaring the major/minor (available here), should be submitted to the committee via email at: fiorete@montclair.edu
For more information about a new interdisciplinary Italy Studies Major and Minor, contact Italian Deputy Chair Dr. Enza Antenos-Conforti (antenosconfe@mail.montclair.edu)
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be sent via check to the student's address.

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)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight

Awarded to students enrolled in the Italian Major with Teacher Certification Program or the Post-BA/Graduate Certificate in Italian (CRI) program in the 2015-16 academic year who demonstrate high achievement in the Italian Program.
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

5. Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter Scholarship for Study Abroad (1 for $1,000)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight

Awarded to a student who is attending the Montclair in Florence Program in 2016 (or, alternatively, another university’s Study Abroad Program In Italy). Priority will be given to declared Italian majors, double majors, and minors or students who intend to declare the Italian major, double major and minor. For those students who are not officially registered as majors yet, evidence of intended declared status, i.e., copy of the completed and signed form for declaring the major/minor (available here), should be submitted to the committee via email at: fiorete@montclair.edu

* The check for this scholarship will be given directly to the recipient. Attendance at the awards ceremony organized by Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter (date/time TBA) is required. For further information, contact Mary Ann Re at the Coccia Institute: rem@montclair.edu

6. Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy (1 for $1,000)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight

[Note that this award is included in the Department of Spanish and Italian list of scholarships, and it is run as an Italian Program scholarship every other year when granted to a student of Italian]

Awarded to a student enrolled in an Italian class in the 2015-16 academic year who is attending the Montclair in Florence Program in 2016 (or, alternatively, another university’s Study Abroad Program In Italy). Priority will be given to beginning students who have declared or intend to declare the Italian major, double major, or minor. For those students who are not officially registered as majors/minors yet, evidence of intended declared status, i.e., copy of the completed and signed form for declaring the major/minor (available here), should be submitted to the committee via email at: fiorete@montclair.edu
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

7.  Italian American Club of Four Seasons of Great Notch Student Achievement Award (1 for $500)
Deadline: Sun. FEB. 7, 2016 at midnight [note that this scholarship is not mentioned on the online form but will be assigned to a student who has applied for other scholarships listed above]
Awarded to a student enrolled in the 2015-16 academic year who demonstrates high achievement in Italian. Priority will be given to a student who has declared the Italian major or minor in the 2015-16 academic year. Evidence of intended declared status, i.e., copy of the completed and signed form for declaring the major/minor (available here), should be submitted to the committee via email at: fiorete@montclair.edu
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

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II. INTERNSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM

1. Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship (Fall 2015 semester: 1 for $1,000) - Award conferred

2. Inserra-Coccia International Italian Student Internship (Spring 2016 semester: 1 for $1,000) - APPLY HERE
A highly proficient and motivated Italian Major enrolled in the 2015-16 academic year 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, tutoring 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 with 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. Duties also include assistance with the organization of, and, if applicable, participation in the Montclair in Florence 2016 Program.

The check for this internship will be given to the recipient after the end of the semester upon completion of the related duties. For information, contact Mary Ann Re at the Coccia Institute: rem@montclair.edu

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

1. $5,000 Conrad Schmitt Scholarship
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. Recipients must have at l east a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Online application and guidelines: Form
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

2. Eleanor Salmon Keyser Scholarship
Established in 1988, this scholarship fund offers one yearly scholarship to a major in Italian (besides offering 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. 
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

3. Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy (1 for $1,000) - see information above under Scholarships offered through the Italian Program #6

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IV. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS OUTSIDE THE ITALIAN PROGRAM

1. The Margaret B. Holz Scholarship Program (approximately $500)
For undergraduate language majors studying abroad. Deadline: March 1, 2016. See guidelines and application here
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

2. Peter Balsamo Scholarship for Language and Heritage Study Abroad ($500-1,000)
Awarded to MSU student with financial need to study language and/or heritage abroad. Deadline: March 1, 2016 (for Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 study abroad). Application available at: Balsamo Scholarship Guidelines.docx
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

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. See guidelines and application here.
The scholarship money is designed to defray tuition costs and will be transferred by the Montclair State Foundation to the recipient's account on campus.

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 Eduction Center:

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

1. UNICO NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 2015-2016

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 2015-16 academic year who will attend the Montclair in Florence Program in 2016 (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.
 
2. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN (Deadline: Feb. and March 2016)

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 their webpage.

A. NOIAW Scholarship Program
Open to: Female undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need, currently enrolled at an accredited US institution; must be U.S. citizens with Italian ancestry; minimum GPA 3.5
Deadline: February 15, 2016 (awards announced: late March 2016)
Online Application: Link

B. NOIAW Cultural Exchange Program
Program description: 10-day trip to Rome in June 2016 offering cultural immersion, educational and professional experiences to a small group of Italian American college students at no cost to them
Open to: Female undergraduate students currently enrolled at an accredited US institution; must be U.S. citizens between 19 and 23 years of age with Italian ancestry; minimum GPA 3.0 GPA and Italian language skills preferred
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Online Application: Link

3. NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) Scholarships (DEADLINE: March 1, 2016)
The program offers a wide array of scholarships to students who are NIAF members or whose parents' guardians are members. See description and application form here.

4. MIDDLEBURY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS (SUMMER ITALIAN IMMERSION PROGRAM) - DEADLINE: Jan. 24, 2016

Full scholarships for post-BA students are also available for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools in California. The selection process for the scholarships is run by the Middlebury Language Schools, and is separate from that of the scholarships offered on our campus. For more information, visit their webpage.
Deadline: January 24, 2016
Online Application: Link

 

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 two awards of $500 for demonstration of excellence in the Italian language. MSU Amici Club membership is preferred, but not required. To be awarded to two declared new majors or minors in Italian. 

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 2015 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 ten $1000 or five $2000 awards for students who will be attending the 2015 Montclair in Florence Program. A minimum 3.0 grade point average is required for this award as well as evidence of financial need.   

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 

Recipients of the scholarships offered through the Italian Program and the Department of Spanish and Italian at large should make every effort to be present in person at the Italian Awards Ceremony on campus (Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:30-7pm - Adelina Granito Ferraro Lounge, formerly known as Courtyard Lounge, University Hall) in order to have the opportunity to meet and thank the donors (family members are welcome to attend as well). A thank-you note to the donors is also highly encouraged.
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Comm. Catherine Giambanco Vignale was honored for her years of service as President of ITANJ (Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey) at our annual Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. Coccia Foundation President Elisa Coccia (joined by her mother Elda and brother Joseph III) thanked Cathy, in particular, for our outstanding collaboration with ITANJ on "Italian Language and Culture Day" -- our signature showcase-competition among students of Italian at the middle and high school levels throughout New Jersey. Coccia Institute Director Mary Ann Re thanked Cathy for the wonderful work accomplished by ITANJ teachers in preparing students to pursue their Italian language and culture studies beyond the high school level. Grazie e congratulazioni, NJ Italian Heritage Commissioner Catherine Giambanco Vignale! Brava!


 


  

The 2016 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12)

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2016 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12).
Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award.
Our donors will be awarding a very generous prize of $5000 as the monetary component of the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) for academic year 2016. These funds are to be allocated as follows:

a) $2500 is to be used exclusively to advance the Italian language and culture curriculum and programming within the recipient’s classroom;

b) $2500 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).

We strongly encourage full-time language teachers certified in Italian who are teaching a minimum of two classes of Italian at the K-12 level to apply! Please note: The deadline for applications is FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016. All applications and supporting material must be submitted electronically.

The Coccia-Inserra Award will be presented on Friday, October 28, 2016 during our ninth annual Teaching Italian Symposium-Workshop, the Coccia Institute’s signature professional development program for teachers of Italian. The Symposium/Workshop is offered in collaboration with Montclair State University’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.

A copy of the application and guidelines can be found at

http://www.montclair.edu/…/2016-Coccia-Inserra-Teaching-Awa…

Of course, please feel free to contact Dr. Mary Ann Re (Coccia Institute's Director) at rem@montclair.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.