Italian Catholic Federation Scholarships

Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college.

Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:

  1. Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,
  2. Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”

First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

Applications will be judged and evaluated on:

  • Scholastic Achievement – TOTAL CUMULATIVE GPA (3½ years) and CLASS RANK
  • Financial Need
  • Leadership Role
  • Faculty Recommendation and Character Reference
  • Extracurricular Activities and Charitable Efforts
  • Family Membership/Activities in the I.C.F. (if applicable)

In addition, the Mario Cugia Scholarship has been established to encourage and support majors in Italian studies. The program offers two scholarships: (1) a $600 award to a 3rd year university student declaring a major in Italian, and (2) a $1,000 award to a 4th year university student continuing his or her studies in Italian.


Annual Amount

First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

In addition, the Mario Cugia Scholarship has been established to encourage and support majors in Italian studies. The program offers two scholarships: (1) a $600 award to a 3rd year university student declaring a major in Italian, and (2) a $1,000 award to a 4th year university student continuing his or her studies in Italian.

Open To

High school graduates and 3rd & 4th year students

Additional Selection Criteria

ICF FIRST YEAR SCHOLARSHIP & ITALIAN STUDIES SCHOLARSHIPS:

Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:
 

  1. Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,
  2. Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the "Italian Catholic Federation."

First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

 MARIO CUGIA SCHOLARSHIP

The program offers two scholarships:
(1) a $600 award to a 3rd year university student declaring a major in Italian, and (2) a $1,000 award to a 4th year university student
continuing his or her studies in Italian.
Applicants must be of the Roman Catholic Faith, of Italian descent or -- if non-Italian -- children or grandchildren of current members of the Italian Catholic Federation and must have declared a major in Italian Language, Literature, History, Art or other aspect of Italian culture.


Application Process

ICF FIRST YEAR Applications must be complete and include the following:

1.  A complete transcript of the applicant's high school scholastic record.

2.  A letter of recommendation from a school official which must also state the applicant's total cumulative GPA (3 1/2 years) and Class Rank.

3.  A personal letter of approximately 150 words explaining applicant's Italian origin, (or I.C.F. membership affiliation of their non-Italian Roman Catholic parents, guardians or grandparents), why the applicant's Roman Catholic Faith is important to him or her and applicant's plans for the future.

All applicant's completed packet should be mailed to the I.C.F. Central Council Office at:  8393 Capwell Drive, Suite 110, Oakland, CA 94621, marked to the attention of the Scholarship Committee and MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MARCH 15, 2017. 

Applications will be judges and evaluated on:

  • Scholastic Achievement - Total Cumulative GPA and Class Rank
  • Financial Need
  • Leadership Role
  • Faculty Recommendation and Character Reference
  • Extracurricular Activities and Charitable Efforts
  • Family Membership/Activities in the I.C.F (if applicable)

ITALIAN STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP Applications must be complete and include the following:

1.  A complete transcript of the applicant's scholastic record.

2.  A letter of recommendation from a qualified teacher, administrator or counselor which also attests to the applicant's GPA and Class Rank.

3.  A personal letter of approximately 150 words explaining applicant's Italian origin, (or I.C.F. membership affiliation of their non-Italian Roman Catholic parents, guardians or grandparents), why the applicant's Roman Catholic Faith is important to him or her and applicant's plans for the future.

All applicant's completed packet should be mailed to the I.C.F. Central Council Office at:  8393 Capwell Drive, Suite 110, Oakland, CA 94621.  The packet must be marked to the attention of the Scholarship Committee, and must be received no later than August 1, 2017.

Applications will be judges and evaluated on:

  • Scholastic Achievement
  • Financial Need
  • Leadership Role
  • Faculty Recommendation/Character Reference
  • Extracurricular Activities and Charitable Efforts
  • Family Membership/Activities in the I.C.F (if applicable)

 

For scholarship application forms, please go to:  http://www.icf.org/scholarships.html

 

 

Notification

May and September 2016

For the application or more information go to:
http://www.icf.org/scholarships/