The Italian Program offers a wide range of financial support opportunities averaging a total of over $15,000 per year thanks to the generosity of organizations and private individuals whose donations sustain the study of Italian language and culture. The program grants scholarships and awards, as well as internships and assistantships. A whole array of other opportunities are offered through the Department of Spanish and Italian at large as well as other offices on campus; additionally, students can apply for scholarship programs outside the university.
For specific information see the lists below with related deadlines and links for guidelines and application forms. Note that further scholarships may be announced during the Spring semester.
Recipients of scholarships offered by the Italian Program and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures should plan to attend the Italian Awards Ceremony on campus, April 6, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Adelina Granito Ferraro Lounge on the first floor of University Hall, to accept the awards from donors. Family members are welcome to attend. A thank-you note to the donors is also highly encouraged.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM:
- APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 4, 2018 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
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2018 at midnight. Scholarship Application Spring 2018
The number and amount of the scholarships will be based on the nature of applications received. Priority will be given to new majors in the program (transfer and high school students, and in particular those who attended the Early College summer course in 2017) and to majors pursuing interdisciplinary studies by combining fields such as business, nutrition, design, and art with Italian Studies. Candidates are required to have a declared major in Italian, but declared minors with the characteristics described above will be considered as well.
1. Conrad Schmitt Scholarship (2 Undergraduate awards in Italian for $5,000; TBA in Spring 2018)
This scholarship is available to full-time prospective juniors and seniors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Department of Spanish and Latino Studies. 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.
Online application and guidelines
1. Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter Scholarship for Study Abroad (1 for $1,000)
Deadline: February 17, 2018
Awarded to a student who is attending the Summer in Perugia: "Made in Italy" Marketing, Media and Language Program in 2018 (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. Joseph Agresti (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
2. UNICO NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 2017-2018
The Italian American organization UNICO offers an array of scholarships every year through its own program. The selection process of these scholarships is run by the UNICO Foundation, and is separate from that of the scholarships offered on campus. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.unico.org/scholarships.asp for a list of the scholarships available and individual applications.
3. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN (Deadline: March 1, 2018)
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, 2018)
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
Awarded annually to a student majoring in a foreign language who is in financial need or identifies as an underrepresented minority. Deadline: March 1, 2018 (for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 study abroad). Application available at: Udell Scholarship Guidelines
See full list of funding opportunities here.
For information, contact Domenica Dominguez at the Office of International Engagement.
The Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship (Fall 2013) &
The Inserra-Coccia International Italian Student Internship (Spring 2014)
A highly proficient and motivated Italian Major to assist the Italian Language Program and Teacher Education Coordinators in various ways for seven hours a 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 specify the internship for which you are applying. Two internships will be awarded:
The Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship for Fall 2013 ($1,000)
The 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) ($1,000)
Application deadline for BOTH internships: Tuesday, September 17th.
Fill out the electronic copy of the application Internship Application, save it in Rich Text Format, Word or PDF and send it by attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Andrea Dini, Chair of the Scholarship Committee) using your official MSU webmail account.
The Italian Scholarship Selection Committee establishes the criteria for all awards, review applications, and select recipients. Awards will be presented by donors at an Award Ceremony in April 2014 (date, time and place tba). Please note that scholarship recipients ***must*** attend the ceremony in person to receive their award or else the award will be withdrawn.