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JCCIA offers next-level aid to students

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans has launched a pair of scholarship programs that takes academic financial aid up a notch.

A $5,000 Frank J. Vigilante Scholarship will be presented to students of Italian extraction who demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement.

In addition, a $6,500 Nick and Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to college students of Italian heritage, with preference given to music or education majors who are orphans or who were raised in foster homes. The scholarship may also be awarded for other fields of study

“Due to the rising costs of a college education and the increasing financial burdens of student debt, we felt it was critical to increase the scholarship award amounts to a level of significance for our recipients,” JCCIA president Sergio Grande says. “Through these efforts, we feel that the JCCIA can continue to be a catalyst in the growth of our community by providing them with a funding pathway to pursue their career aspirations.”

Applications must be in by Nov. 1 for both scholarships, which will be presented at the JCCIA’s Christmas party. Recipients must be present.

Applications and instructions can be downloaded at www.jccia.com/scholarships. For more information, call 708-450-9050 or e-mail jcc@jccia.com.

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