The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship

The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to high school senior, undergraduate, graduate student or doctoral student. The NIAF invites those with a love for Italy and a passion for our heritage to become a part of growing and vibrant organization. The NIAF receives over 4,000 scholarship applications each year and depending on funds. Awards between 70 and 100 scholarships range from $2,500-$12,000. Each scholarship award can only cover tuition and university-provided room and board.

The National Italian American Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. NIAF is the major advocate in the Nation’s Capital for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the country’s fifth largest ethnic group.


  • Be a member of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF.
  • Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education for fall 2016.
  • Have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). Students that are a part of a pass/fail system are also welcome to apply.
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien.
  • For the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be “Italian American” the student must have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy.
  • No immediate family members of the NIAF Board of Directors, Regional Vice-Presidents, Area Coordinators or staff are eligible for NIAF scholarships.

How to Apply:

Award Amount:

Between 70 and 100 scholarships will be given. Scholarship awards range from $2,500-$12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, and legal students.

Application Deadline:

The scholarship is closed now. The next scholarship cycle period is December 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you still have questions about the on-line application, contact for an immediate response or call (202) 939-3114.

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