UNICO Scholarship Program

Welcome to the UNICO Foundation Scholarship Program page.

 

The UNICO National mission is to promote the image of Italian Americans along with Italian heritage and culture by supporting charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects.

The Scholarship Committee proudly presents the recipients of our 2021 UNICO Foundation Awards.

 

Major Don S. Gentile Memorial Scholarship

Alex Giovani Trevisani

Sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia, PA Chapter

Judged in New York

 

William C. Davini Memorial Scholarship

Julianne Quin Iaccarino

Sponsored by the Greater Ramsey, NJ Chapter

Judged in Wisconsin

 

Alphonse A. Miele Memorial Scholarship

Angelina Rose Estadt

Sponsored by the National Office for Pennsylvania

Judged in New Jersey

 

Theodore Mazza Memorial Scholarship

Ava Ellen Lorusso

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Judged in Florida

 

Sgt. John Basilone Graduate Scholarship

Cristina Maria Latino

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Francesca Zumpano

Sponsored by the Fairfield, NJ Chapter

Judged in Pennsylvania

  

Dr. Benjamin J. Cottone Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Rose Smeltz

Sponsored by the National Office for Pennsylvania

Judged in Pennsylvania

 

Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships

Juliana Marie Caruso

Sponsored by the Nutley, NJ Chapter

Tanner Lloyd Curnow

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Ashley Lynn Cyr

Sponsored by the National Office for Connecticut

Michael Maggipinto

Sponsored by the National Office for Massachusetts

Nicole Sottiriou

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Samantha Rose Tricoli

Sponsored by the Scranton, PA Chapter

Judged in New Jersey

 

DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship

Temporarily suspended owing to COVID-19

 

Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship

Shane Miles Ciongoli

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Chiara Adelina Curnow

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Judged in New Jersey

 

Guglielmo Marconi Engineering Scholarship

Brian Morton

Sponsored by the National Office for Illinois

Judged in New Jersey

 

Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies

Derek Alexander Ginoris

Sponsored by the National Office for Florida

Judged in Delaware

 

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship

Alison Lauro

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Joellyn Sabrina Speredelozzi

Sponsored by the Wethersfield, CT Chapter

Judged in New Jersey

 

Louise Torraco Memorial Scholarship for Science

Maria Bucci

Sponsored by the Scranton, PA Chapter

Aislinn Elizabeth Scarpelli

Sponsored by the Nutley, NJ Chapter

Judged in Pennsylvania

 

Ralph J. Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship

Kenji Domenico Costantini

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Paolo T. Vacala

Sponsored by the National Office for Illinois

Judged in Pennsylvania

 

Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship

Salvatore Joseph DiMaggio

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Judged in Delaware

 

Inserra Scholarships

Isabella Pappano

Sponsored by the Orange/West Orange, NJ Chapter

Michael Simonella

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Judged in Connecticut

 

Eleanor and Anthony De Francis Scholarship Fund for Natural Sciences

Anthony DiGirolamo

Sponsored by the National Office

Judged in New Jersey

 

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship for Special Education

Temporarily Suspended

 

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship for Therapy Sciences

Temporarily Suspended

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The UNICO Foundation application process for academic year 2021-2022 is now CLOSED.

Important Information Before Applying 

  • Deadline to apply is April 15, 2021 unless otherwise stated.

  • Applicant must reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one of the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin.                                   Exception: The Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship is open to applicants        from all 50 states.​

  • These scholarships are for applicants that will continue studies within academic year 2021-2022.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

  • Each scholarship offering has a stand-alone application and specific requirements. You can apply to more than one if you meet eligibility. 

  • Online degree programs are not eligible for UNICO scholarships.

  • Applicants do not need to be members of UNICO to apply. However, UNICANS and their family members may be sponsored through their respective Chapters.

  • Only winners are notified after the judging process is completed in late June 2021. 

  • Questions? Email uniconational@unico.org   

 

The scholarships on this page are part of the UNICO Foundation national scholarship program. Candidates residing in a community with a UNICO Chapter may also qualify to apply for local scholarships. To find out if there are any local scholarships in your area,

contact the specific chapter by going to "Find a Chapter" on this website.

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Scholarship Offerings

 

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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, each 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:

1.    Have a minimum grade point average of 3.5

2.    Be pursuing college study within the academic year of 2021-2022

3.    Be a high school senior at any public or private secondary school

4.    Be a United States citizen of Italian descent 

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For Students "Initiating" Graduate Studies: (Students Already Attending Grad School Do Not Qualify)

 

Sergeant John Basilone Memorial Graduate Scholarship 

The UNICO Foundation will grant two awards valued up to a maximum of $3,000 each, paid out at $1,500 per year, for graduate scholarships. 

The candidate must:

1.     A senior at any public or private college/university or a graduate thereof who is initiating graduate studies

2.     Attend full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

3.     Be pursuing graduate study within the academic year of 2021-2022

4.     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 senior at a campus based public or private college/university or hold a degree thereof who will be pursuing a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy degree, or is currently enrolled in an accredited medical school within the United States

The candidate must:

1.      Be a United States citizen of Italian descent

2.     Pursue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

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For Students Currently Attending a Nursing Program: (High School Seniors Do Not Qualify)

 

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:

1.      Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

2.      Be currently attending an accredited campus-based nursing degree program in the United States, completing core nursing courses, at one of the following: An Associate Degree School of Nursing; A Collegiate School of Nursing; A Diploma School of Nursing

3.      Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

4.      Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

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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 to matriculated college students submitting an original short story or essay celebrating their Italian heritage.

A candidate must:

1.      Be a United States citizen of Italian descent

2.      Be currently attending, full time, an accredited campus-based college or university in the United States

3.      Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship  Deadline March 1***TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED***

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 student pursuing an Engineering Degree in one of the following areas: electrical, mechanical, industrial, biomedical, chemical, manufacturing, aerospace, or computer.

The candidate must:

1.      Be a United States citizen of Italian descent

2.      Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based undergraduate college/university program in the United States

3.      Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

4.      Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies

The UNICO Foundation will provide a scholarship, valued at $1,000, to a student pursuing a major or minor in Italian Studies or Italian Language.

A candidate must:

1.      Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

2.      Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based undergraduate college/university program in the United States

3.      Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

4.      Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

 

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently pursuing a degree.

A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship for Special Education

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently pursuing a degree in the field of Special Education.  This includes students with dyslexia, learning difficulties, physical disabilities, behavioral problems, or with disabilities as defined under the Rehabilitation Act.

A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

 

Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship for Therapy Sciences 

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently pursuing a degree in the field of  Therapy Sciences including students in the sciences of physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), audiology, and speech-language pathology therapy.

A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

Louise Torraco Memorial Scholarship for Science

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently pursuing a degree in the Physical Sciences including but not limited to Agro-Sciences, Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics; or in the Life Sciences including but not limited to Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Microbiology and Zoology.

A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

Ralph J. Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, to students currently pursuing a degree in the Fine Arts including the Performing Arts, Visual Arts or Technical Arts. ​

A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen. This program is open to applicants of all ethnicities.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship*Open to all 50 states

The UNICO Foundation will provide a scholarship, valued at $2,500 to a student currently pursuing a degree.

A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen of Southern Italian descent, having at least one parent originating from the region of: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Latium, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia, or Sicily.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.7

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

  5. Open to only college Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

Inserra Scholarships

The UNICO Foundation will grant two scholarships valued at $2,500 each to students pursuing a degree.

The candidate must:

1.      Be a United States citizen of Italian descent

2.      Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

3.      Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

4.      Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022

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Eleanor and Anthony DeFrancis Scholarship Fund for Natural Sciences 

 

UNICO Foundation, Inc. will grant scholarships valued in the range of $2,500 to $10,000 to a fully-matriculating student currently attending full time, one of the following:
California Institute of Technology
Columbia University
Duke University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Northwestern University
Princeton University
Stanford University
University of Arizona, Tucson
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Washington

 

Majoring in the Natural Sciences, i.e., physics, chemistry, biology, archeology, meteorology, mathematics, astronomy, or geology. Pre-medical studies do not qualify. An applicant may be an undergraduate, or a post graduate candidate for a masters or doctorate degree. 

The candidate must:

  1. 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.

  2. Be a student currently attending, full-time, an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States

  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  4. Continue their study within the academic year 2021-2022