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Each year, Italian-American organizations award tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to worthy high school and college students. The following is a list of this year’s scholarship offerings and how to apply for them. Most scholarships have attendance and other requirements, so gather your applications early and study them carefully before applying!

Amici Naperville Area Italian American Club — One $1,000 merit-based scholarship awarded to a qualifying high school senior of Italian descent who either attends a Naperville-area school or is related to an Amici member. Deadline: April 15. Presentation: General meeting in May. Visit www.amiciclub.org or contact Mary Piccin at 630-961-2031 or mpfur711@gmail.com.

Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization — Several $2,500 scholarships awarded to high school seniors based on academic achievement and need. Deadline: April 11. Presentation: May 2. Contact Frank Giudice at 630-941-4700 or frankgiudice@fbgcorporation.com, or Jerry Saviano at 630-628-6867 ext. 222 or jerry@regalseating.com.

CI-AMA (Cegliesi Italian American Association) — Several $2000 scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students of Italian descent who meet academic and character requirements. Deadline: August 15. Presentation: Oct. 18. Contact 312-972-2735. Visit www.ci-ama.org/scholarship/

Columbian Club Charitable Foundation — Scholarships of various amounts awarded to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate/graduate students of Italian descent who are permanent residents of the state of Illinois. Scholarships are available for accounting, art history, business, dentistry, engineering, finance, Italian studies, law, medicine, music education and other professional endeavors. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019. Presentation: January 2020. Visit www.columbianclub.org.

Italian American Executives of Transportation — Several scholarships of various amounts averaging $1,000 awarded to high school seniors based on academic achievement, community involvement and need. Italian ancestry is not necessary but a plus. Deadline: Aug. 31. Recipients must attend the IAET dinner dance on Nov. 21. Visit www.iaet-chicago.org or contact Carol Lieggi at 630-915-1987 or scholarship@iaet-chicago.org.

Italian Catholic Federation — Several $400 scholarships awarded to high school students who are of Italian heritage and Catholic faith (or are children of non-Italian ICF members) and who meet academic, financial need and character requirements. Grants may be renewed for second, third and fourth terms for $500, $600 and $1,000, respectively. Scholarships also are available for university students majoring in Italian. Deadline: March 15. Visit www.icf.org.

Italian Cultural Center — Several scholarships of between $1,000 and $2,000 awarded to non-professional vocal students between the ages of 17 and 27 who are studying with qualified teachers or institutions. Application deadline: Oct. 1. Competition: October. Awards dinner: November. Contact 708-345-5933 or info@casaitaliachicago.org.

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans — One $2,000 scholarship awarded to a student of Italian ancestry who is either a high school senior accepted into a college with the intent of establishing a major in journalism or communications, or an undergraduate student majoring in journalism or communications. Deadline: April 30. Presentation: May 16 at the Dante and Mazzei Awards luncheon. Winners must attend presentation. One $2,000 scholarship presented to a male high school senior of Italian ancestry. Deadline: Sept. 30. Presentation: Oct. 12. Winners must attend presentation. Nick and Helena Patti Scholarship(s) and Frank J. Vigilante Scholarship(s) also given. Dollar amounts to be determined. Presentation: JCCIA Christmas party. Visit www.jccia.com or contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com.

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans Women’s Division — Several $2,000 scholarships awarded to female students of Italian ancestry. Deadline: April 15. Presentation: Scholarship dinner and fashion show on May 8. Winners must attend presentation. Visit www.jccia.com or contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com.

Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund — Scholarships awarded to law school students based on academic ability and need. Deadline: Mid-September. Presentation: October/November. Visit justinianendowment.org/scholarships/ or contact Catherine Locallo at 312-332-7760 or clocallo@robbins-schwartz.com.

National Italian American Foundation — 60 to 70 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical and legal students. Applicants must be NIAF members and U.S. citizens of Italian descent with a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4 at an accredited institution of higher education. Recipients are selected based on academic merit. Deadline: March 1. Visit www.niaf.org/scholarships.

Christine Frances Rocco Memorial Endowed Scholarship — One scholarship awarded to an Italian-American woman age 28 or older beginning or returning to college to study English, business or education at Benedictine University in Lisle. Contact Dan O’Brien at 630-829-1805 or scholarships@ben.edu.

Sons of Italy Foundation, Illinois — Several $1,000 scholarships awarded to students of full or partial Italian ancestry graduating from high school. Award is based on financial need, scholastic record and activities showing character and leadership. Personal statements and faculty recommendations are required. Deadline: July 1. Presentation: October. Only written requests will be honored. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request to Illinois Sons of Italy Foundation, 9447 W. 144th Place, Orland Park, IL 60462.

Sons of Italy Foundation — 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 awarded to students of at least one-quarter Italian ancestry enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program or graduate program at an accredited four-year institution of higher education. Deadline: Feb. 28. Presentation: May. Visit www.osia.org/programs/scholarships/.

Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago — Several scholarships available to students ages 7 to 18 for a one-week immersion experience at the Lago del Bosco overnight Italian language camp at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. Deadline: March 30. Visit http://sbschicago.org/immersion.html

UNICO National — Four undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to four years; two graduate school scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to two years; one medical scholarship of $5,000; up to 10 nursing scholarships of $2,500; two study-abroad scholarships of $1,250; twelve scholarships of $2,500 for matriculated college students (two science, two fine arts, four general studies, two special education, two therapy education); one scholarship of $1,250 for a matriculated engineering student; two literary scholarships of $1,000; one scholarship of $2,500 to a student of Southern Italian heritage; one Italian studies scholarship of $1,000 for a matriculated student; and scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to fully matriculated natural science majors attending specific universities as noted on the application. Applications must be submitted online. Candidates must reside in the home state of a UNICO chapter unless otherwise indicated. Deadline: April 15, except study abroad (March 1). Presentation: September. Contact Joan Tidona at jntidona@unico.org or visit www.unico.org.

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