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UNICO Scholarship Program

The scholarship program is closed for academic year 2018-2019. Please check back in early December 2018 for updates on applying online for the next academic year.

Important Information

(Please check specific requirements for each scholarship.)

  • Application deadline for applicants and recommenders is Monday, April 15, 2019.
  • Applicant must reside in one of the following states which have a UNICO chapter: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia or Wisconsin. Exception: The Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship is open to all 50 states.
  • Applicant must continue studies within academic year 2019-2020.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Online degree programs are not eligible for UNICO scholarships.

 Scholarship Offerings

 

For High School Seniors Only: 

Undergraduate Awards - With this application you will be applying for all of the following scholarships:

Major Don S. Gentile Scholarship 

Alphonse A. Miele Scholarship

William C. Davini Scholarship                 

Theodore Mazza Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant four scholarships valued at $6,000 to high school seniors who will be attending, full-time, an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States; paid out at $1,500 per school year up to a maximum of 4 years. A candidate must be a United States citizen of Italian descent. Must be a senior at any public or private secondary school.

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For Students Initiating Graduate Studies:

Sergeant John Basilone Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant up to a maximum of $6,000, paid out at $1,500 per year, for a graduate scholarship. The awardee must be initiating graduate study, full-time, at an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States. A candidate must be a United States citizen of Italian descent.

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For Students Pursuing a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy Degree:

Dr. Benjamin Cottone Memorial Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant a $5,000 scholarship, paid on award, to a student pursuing a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy degree at an accredited medical school in the United States. A candidate must be a United States citizen of Italian descent.

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For Students Currently in a Nursing Program:

Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships

The UNICO Foundation will provide up to ten grants, valued at $2,500 each, paid on award, to students attending accredited prelicensure or graduate nursing programs in the United States. Consideration is given to applicants demonstrating financial need. A candidate must be a United States citizen. This program is open to nursing students of all ethnicities.

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For Students Currently in College and/or Graduate School (Please check individual scholarships for academic status requirement):

Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will provide two literary scholarships, valued at $1,000 each. Application for this program is open to matriculated college students. Terms of submission require the candidate to submit an original short story or essay celebrating their Italian heritage.

DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $1,250 each, for study in Italy. Candidates must be currently attending, full-time, an accredited college or university in the United States, pursuing a degree. The study abroad program must be eligible for credit by the student’s college/university. An applicant must be a United States citizen of Italian descent.

Guglielmo Marconi Engineering Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant a scholarship valued at $1,250 paid on award to a sophomore, junior or senior student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States majoring in engineering. An applicant must be a United States citizen of Italian descent.

Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies - Temporarily Suspended

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States pursuing a degree. A nominee must hold United States citizenship. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

Louise Torraco Memorial Scholarship for Science

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States pursuing study of the Physical Sciences or Life Sciences. A nominee must hold United States citizenship. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

Ralph J. Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently attending, full-time, an accredited, campus based college/university program in the United States pursuing a degree in the Fine Arts. A nominee must hold United States citizenship. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship*

The UNICO Foundation will provide a scholarship, valued at $2,500 to a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States pursuing a degree. An applicant must be a United States citizen of Southern Italian descent, specifically including the regions of: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Latium, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicilia. *Open to all 50 states.

Inserra Scholarships

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships valued at $2,500 each to students currently attending, full time, an accredited campus based college/university in the United States pursuing a degree. A candidate must be an American citizen of Italian descent.

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For Students Attending  the Following Schools: California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Astronomical Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson

Eleanor and Anthony De Francis Scholarship Fund for Natural Sciences 

Open to only the students at the above schools.

UNICO Foundation will grant scholarships valued in the range of $2,500 to $10,000 to fully-matriculating students currently attending, full time, one of the above listed universities majoring in the Natural Sciences. The candidate must be at least eighteen years of age and a natural born United States citizen of Italian ancestry, having at least one parent of Italian descent.