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Congratulations to the 2024 Scholarship Recipients!

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The Coccia Institute celebrated the achievements of deserving Italian majors and minors at our annual Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony, held on Monday, April 15th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Feliciano School of Business, Room 140. This event featured two alumni presentations by Francesca Oliveri (Communications Specialist at Bindi North America) and Steven LaPeruta (Italian Teacher at Nutley HS), as well as a showcase of diverse Italian arias performed by talented students from the John J. Cali School of Music, under the direction of Professor Karen Driscoll. We would like to thank all who attended this year’s ceremony, including our generous donors (Coccia Foundation, the Inserra Family, Passaic Valley UNICO, and the Italian American Club of Four Seasons at Great Notch). Many thanks to Profs. Gina Miele and Marisa Trubiano, co-chairs of the Scholarship Committee. All attendees enjoyed special treats courtesy of Bindi North America – grazie!


Passaic Valley UNICO Chapter Italian Studies Award for Study Abroad: Matthew Scialla 

Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship − Fall 2024: Matteo Sullivan

Inserra-Coccia International Italian Student Internship − Spring 2025: Serena Maggio

The Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Memorial Intermediate Italian Scholarships: Fernanda Cruz and Charvi Parashar

The Coccia Foundation Award for Italian Major of High Achievement: Veronica Terrana

The Italian American Club of Four Seasons at Great Notch Student Achievement Awards: Chiara Delle Donne and Sabrina LoPresti 

The Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad: Carla Chevalier

Coccia International Travel Grants: Sofia Moran and Grace Shanley


All applicants were deserving of support this year. If you did not receive an award, we invite you to consider applying for the other scholarships offered both on and off campus (for details see the department webpage). The Italian Program is grateful to our generous donors for their support of the study of Italian language and culture, and we are pleased that these awards will be used toward tuition or study abroad experiences.

Please enjoy this web album from the 2024 Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony.

In case you missed it, here is the 2024 Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony Program.