JCCIA bestows several major scholarships

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Mia Rumps, Julianna Panko and Elisabetta Bifero

Two years ago, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans took its scholarship program to a new level by concentrating the annual interest income from the Nick & Helena Patti and Frank J. Vigilante scholarship foundations into a few big-ticket bestowals. The following are this year’s beneficiaries.

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Mia Rumps (Patti scholarship) is a student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in rehabilitation science with minors in Italian and chemistry. A member of the dean’s list, she plans on attending medical school with the aim of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

Philip Sasso (Patti scholarship) is a student at Judson University majoring in music business/entrepreneurship. A pianist and guitarist, he plans on composing music and opening his own recording studio. He is a frequent volunteer at Casa Italia.

Julianna Panko (Patti scholarship) is a student at Lewis University majoring in nursing. A member of the dean’s list, she plans on becoming a nurse practitioner and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nurse.

Elisabetta Bifero (Vigilante scholarship) graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University with a major in elementary education and communication studies. She is currently working on a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Concordia University. She was a member of the JCCIA Columbus Day Queen’s court and remains active in the organization.


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