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2000 Scholarship Competition

The Sons of Italy Foundation® Announces 2000 National Leadership Grant Competition

Contact: Diane E. Crespy, (202) 547-2900

Washington, D.C., Oct. 20, 1999 - The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) has announced its 2000 National Leadership Grant Competition, the annual merit-based scholarship program that rewards Italian-American college-bound high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates with monetary awards ranging from $4,000 to $10,000. This year a special one-time scholarship in the amount of $15,000 will be given in the name of 1999 National Education & Leadership Award Honoree Andy Giancamilli, president and general merchandise manager of Kmart Corporation. This special scholarship is underwritten by model, actress, and philanthropist Kathy Ireland, whose clothing and accessory line is sold in Kmart stores.

Graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students of Italian descent that will be enrolled in an accredited academic institution for the fall 2000 semester are eligible to apply for a National Leadership Grant. Graduating high school seniors may also apply for the prestigious Henry Salvatori scholarship. Named after the renowned philanthropist, the Henry Salvatori scholarship is presented annually to one student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, distinguished scholarship, and a deep understanding of the principles for which the United States was founded. The SIF is also offering one scholarship for study abroad at John Cabot University in Rome for students entering at least their second year of college.

The foundation and its parent organization, OSIA, have awarded more than $30 million for higher education since 1968, and an addition $35 million has been given to medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other special causes. Last year twelve students from across the country were selected from a rigorously competitive, independent, national application and selection process as NLG recipients and awarded more than $70,000.

The deadline for this year's competition is Jan. 30, 2000. For more information please call (202) 547-5106. To receive an application and informational brochure, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: National Leadership Grant Competition, 219 E St., N.E., Washington, D.C., 20002.