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Local wins Italian-American scholarship
by Tribune Staff
Jan 08, 2012 | 733 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WASHINGTON — Steven Strozza of Sparks has received the Marnell Foundation Scholarship from the National Italian-American Foundation (NIAF). Strozza attends the University of Southern California and is majoring in biochemistry.

“NIAF has awarded $10 million in scholarships and grants across the country since its inception,” said Matthew J. DiDomenico, Sr., chair of the NIAF scholarship and grants committee and NIAF senior executive vice president. “The NIAF board of directors is extremely proud of the high caliber of students and their achievements.”

NIAF celebrates its 37th anniversary this year. The scholarship program has grown from four scholarships of $250 each to nearly 100 annual scholarships that range from $2,000 to $10,000 each in the humanities, medicine, business, engineering, music, Italian language and culture and other specialized fields.

Scholarship winners are selected based on academic merit, with an average grade point average of 3.95. The average scholarship in the United States was more than $4,000.

In addition to NIAF’s scholarship program, this year NIAF donated funds for the completion of the University of Abruzzo student center module in Italy’s earthquake-stricken region and The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Italian language and culture program. NIAF also sent college students to Italy’s Campania and Umbria regions to participate in the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program, an educational and cultural initiative, and funded cultural and educational grants.

Contributors to the NIAF scholarship program include corporations, individuals and organizations across the United States. NIAF will consider matching scholarships with other organizations.

Apply online for a 2012-2013 NIAF scholarship at www.niaf.org/scholarships. Application deadline is March 2.
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