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Scholarships

The Italian Program offers a wide range of financial support opportunities averaging a total of over $10,000 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 Modern Languages and Literatures 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE ITALIAN PROGRAM IN 2021-22

Deadline: March 6, 2021 at midnight. Italian Scholarship & Internship Application Spring 2021

* Award priority will be given to students who have declared or intend to declare the Italian major, double major, minor or Language, Business & Culture majors. Students who intend to declare an Italian major or minor should submit the ITALmajor&minorform to the committee at: delprinciped@montclair.edu, mieleg@montclair.edu.
Unless otherwise noted, scholarships will be deposited directly to the recipient’s university account.

1. The Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Memorial Intermediate Italian Scholarships (2 for $500)

For two students enrolled in an Italian class who demonstrate high academic achievement. Priority will be given to students at the intermediate level.

2. Coccia Foundation Award for Italian Major of High Achievement (1 for $1,000 or 2 for $500)

Awarded to students enrolled in the Italian Major who demonstrate high achievement in the Italian Program.

3. Italian American Club of Four Seasons of Great Notch Student Achievement Award (2 for $500)

Awarded to two students who demonstrate high achievement in Italian.

4. Coccia Foundation Merit Scholarship for new Language, Business and Culture Majors

1 $750 award for a Language, Business and Culture Major (Italian concentration) declared in AY 2020-21. Requirements: Minimum of 6 credits, 2.7 GPA earned in LBC Major. Preference given, but not required, for students who have completed Italian 140 and 1 INFO course.

5. Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy (1 for $1,000)

This award will be made to a Spanish student in 2021. This Department of Spanish and Latino Studies and Department of World Languages and Cultures award is offered on an alternating basis to Spanish and Italian students. Awarded to a student enrolled in an Italian class who will attend a Study Abroad Program In Italy.

6. The Italian Program, in conjunction with the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, and the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies is pleased to announce two Italian Internships for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Coccia-Inserra Italian Student Internship for Fall 2021 semester: 1 Internship, $1,000)
  • Inserra-Coccia International Italian Student Internship for Spring 2022 semester: 1 Internship, $1,000)

For each internship, we seek a motivated Italian Major who will be enrolled in an Italian class during the semester of the internship to assist the Director of the Coccia Institute and the Italian faculty for seven hours per week. Duties include assisting with planning Coccia Institute events (Teaching Italian Symposium in Fall 2021 and Italian Language and Culture Day and Italian Scholarship Award Ceremony in Spring 2022), assisting Italian Faculty with grading and other informal assessments, preparing materials for the Italian language program, and tutoring and engaging with students during and outside of class time using technological tools.

– For the Fall 2021 internship, duties include assistance to the Chair of the annual Teaching Italian Symposium in late October 2021 at Montclair State. The intern may also collaborate with a faculty member in Italian on a research project related to his/her career goals.

– For the Spring 2022 internship, duties include assistance with the organization of, Italian Language and Culture Day in mid March 2022 and The Italian Scholarship Ceremony in April 2022.

Payment for each internship will be awarded to the recipient at the end of the semester upon completion of duties. For payment information, contact Dr. Mark Rotella at the Coccia Institute.

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES & THE DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND LATINO STUDIES

1. Barbara Carbon Scholarship for Study Abroad in Italy (1 for $1,000)

See information above under Scholarships offered through the Italian Program, #6 above.

2. Conrad Schmitt Scholarship

2 Undergraduate awards for $5,000; application TBA in Spring 2020.

This scholarship is available to full-time prospective juniors and seniors majoring in Arabic, French, German or 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.

Minimum cumulative GPA required: 3.0

Applications should be left in hard copy only in Conrad Schmitt Hall 222 for Dr. Lois Oppenheim, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Online application and guidelines

3. The Jean McVean Undergraduate Scholarship

2 Undergraduate awards for $2500; application TBA in Spring 2021

This scholarship is available to full-time Arabic, French, German and Italian majors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Preference will be given to students who are entering their junior or senior year in the eligible major, and will take into account both the academic merit and financial need of applicants.

Minimum cumulative GPA required: 3.0

Please note: A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form must be on file with the MSU Financial Aid Office for students to be eligible for this award.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Lois Oppenheim, Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Deadline: TBA

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

1. UNICO National Scholarship Awards 2021-2022 (Deadline April 15, 2021)

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 UNICO for a list of the scholarships available and individual applications.

2. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN (Deadline March 31, 2021)

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.

Deadline: February 14, 2020. 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, 2021)

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

IV. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ON CAMPUS THROUGH THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

1. The Margaret B. Holz Scholarship Program (approximately $500)

For undergraduate language majors studying abroad. Deadline: March 1, 2021. See guidelines and application here.

2. Peter Balsamo Scholarship for Language and Heritage Study Abroad ($500-1,000)

Awarded to MSU student with financial need to study language and culture or heritage abroad. Deadline: March 1, 2021 (for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 study abroad). Application available at: Balsamo Scholarship Guidelines

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. Deadline: March 1, 2021 (for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 study abroad). Application available at: Udell Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarships for study abroad programs offered through the Office of International Engagement
See full list of funding opportunities here.
For information, contact Domenica Dominguez at the Office of International Engagement.