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The 2016 National Leadership Grant Competition is now over. The 2017 competition will begin in November; please check back then for updates on scholarship availability and requirements. In the meantime, the information below for the 2016 competition may serve as a general (though not final) guideline for those who may want to apply for a scholarship through the 2017 competition.

"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it themselves." - Galileo Galilei

National Leadership Grants – General Information

Through the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) with hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) has awarded nearly $61 million in scholarships to date.

In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, in a nationwide competition. These figures and the number of scholarships may vary according to funding each year.

General Eligibility: U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in an under-graduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution for the 2016 Fall term. Previous SIF scholarship winners are not eligible. (Please note: Additional eligibility requirements may apply to specific scholarships.)

General Requirements: Please see each scholarship description for its specific requirements. The following general requirements apply to all scholarships (except where noted):

Application Form: The application form must be submitted along with requirements for each scholarship.

Transcripts: For each scholarship, transcripts provided must be through the December 2015 term. All transcripts must be stamped by the institution and included in a separate, sealed envelope. Transcripts may be submitted with entire application package; however, we understand some schools prefer to send them separately.

Processing Fee: A $40 non-refundable processing fee is required with each scholarship application. The fee includes a one-year national at-large membership to the Order Sons of Italy in America and a subscription to Italian American magazine.

  • Only money orders will be accepted; no exceptions. Make money orders payable to the Sons of Italy Foundation.

  • Any application without the processing fee or with the processing fee postmarked after the deadline will not be eligible. Processing fees for incomplete or late applications will not be refunded.

Deadline: The deadline for all scholarships (unless otherwise noted) is February 29, 2016. All requirements for a given scholar-ship must be met or the application will not be considered. All required materials must be in one package and postmarked no later than February 29, 2016. Transcripts may be mailed separately but must be postmarked by February 29, 2016. Express mail, FedEx or the equivalent is highly recommended for those sending applications in mid-late February. Applications and required materials postmarked after February 29, 2016, will not be accepted under any circumstance. No exceptions will be made. The SIF takes no responsibility for incomplete or late applications.

Acknowledgement: Only applications sent with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and received by February 14th will be acknowledged by mail. Acknowledgement of applications received after February 14th is not guaranteed.

To expedite application processing, please mail all materials in one packet and send via certified or express mail.

All complete applications should be sent to:

Sons of Italy Foundation
Attn: National Leadership Grant Competition
219 E Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Process: Applications are screened by education professionals. Final selection is made by OSIA's National Education Committee. Scholarship recipients only will be notified by May 1. Monetary awards are presented directly to students' academic institutions in accordance with eligibility requirements.

Please view the full list of scholarships that are available. Be sure to read all details, requirements and deadlines for the scholarship(s) for which you wish to apply.

Other OSIA Scholarships

In addition to the National Leadership Grants, some OSIA local and state lodges may offer scholarships. Please contact those lodges directly. View the list of lodges.