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2017-18 Columbian Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Emma Rush and Rosanna Coviello

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The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, along with the Italian Program at Montclair State University and the MSU Foundation, is pleased to announce that Emma Rush and Rosanna Coviello were selected as the winners of the 2017-18 scholarship offered by the Columbian Foundation to a new major in the Italian Program.

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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 has been used towards two students majoring in Italian, that is the Columbian Foundation will provide two partial scholarships of $1,000 each.

“The Columbian Foundation Scholarship gave me the ability to save the money I earned at my part-time job and put it towards my dream of studying abroad in Italy. This past summer my dream was realized and I studied abroad for amazing weeks in Perugia, Italy. All of this was made possible by the incredible generosity shown by the donors,” as Emma Rush expresses her gratitude.

Rosanna Coviello was equally overwhelmed with joy: “The organization’s generosity has enabled me to focus on my studies as well as gain real-world experiences. Pursuing a degree can be costly and figuring out how to pay for college is stressful. The funds I received from my internship allowed me to focus on excelling academically, instead of worrying over expenses like paying for my tuition.”

“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.”

For the fifth year in a row, the Columbian Foundation has been 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: 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14).