Top 3 Scholarships for Italian-Americans About to Study in Italy

January 22, 2020
Micayla Mirabella
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Micayla Mirabella

Financing your studies in Rome, Italy, is more affordable than you think! The scholarship program at John Cabot University provides numerous awards based on merit, financial need, and your geographic origin. This includes Italian-American students.

Being an Italian-American and studying in Italy is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, tradition, and lifestyle that you may recognize from growing up with an Italian family and that you may wish to explore further. Here are the top three scholarships for Italian-American students wanting to study at JCU.

1. The National Italian-American Foundation Norman R. Peterson Scholarship

The National Italian-American Foundation (NIAF) Norman R. Peterson Scholarship is in memory of Ambassador Peter Secchia’s wife’s late father, Mr. Norman Peterson, and made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Secchia.

This scholarship is a partial tuition scholarship of $5,000 awarded to students studying at John Cabot University. Two grants are awarded annually to an Italian-American, US-based degree-seeking student, originally from the Midwestern United States, by the NIAF. The financial award received allows you to be classified as a “Secchia Scholar”.

The Norman R. Peterson scholarship also allows students to become a “Secchia Scholar” 


2. The Order Sons of Italy in America Pietro Secchia Scholarship

This scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded to Italian-American study abroad students studying in Italy for one semester (including summer sessions) or one academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and your desire to further your knowledge of Italian heritage. Preference will be given to students who live or study in the Midwest. Recipients are selected by the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, and the financial award received allows you to be classified as a “Secchia Scholar”.

3. The Columbus Guarini Scholarship Is Also for Italian-American Students About to Study Abroad

The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Guarini Scholarship is possible thanks to Frank J. Guarini, Chair of John Cabot University's Board of Trustees. His generous donation to the Columbus Citizens Foundation provides scholarships of up to $5,000 for five Italian-American visiting students at JCU each year.

Having first joined the Board of Trustees in 1995, Chairman Guarini is one of the most generous benefactors to John Cabot University. JCU officially dedicated the Frank J. Guarini Campus to him in 2008, as a recognition of his support and generosity to the University. Guarini is also the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)’s Chair Emeritus.

The Columbus Guarini Scholarship offers five scholarships per year, each up to $5,000 per student 

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