New $2,000 Donation from the Columbian Foundation towards Italian Students at MSU

For the fifth year in a row, the Columbian Foundation is supporting Italian students at Montclair State University through a generous $2,000 donation via the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (see articles about previous donations: 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013).

The Inserra Chair and the Italian Program at Montclair State University share the same goal as the Columbian Foundation in supporting students who choose Italian as the core of their university experience and preparation for their future professions. For this reason, the donation this year will be used towards one or two students majoring in Italian, one full scholarship ($2,000) or two partial scholarships (2 of $1,000).

The decision on the number of scholarships and related amount will be made depending on the number and 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. Recipients will be selected in the spring and awarded during the annual ceremony in April.

"It is a pleasure to see the renewed support of the Columbian Foundation towards the students in the Italian Program at Montclair State University," declared Dr. Teresa Fiore, head of the Inserra Chair. "We look forward to future collaborations that can continue to help defray the cost of tuition for students who choose Italian and the Humanities."