National Leadership Grants – General Information
Through the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), and hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) 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 a four year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution for the Fall 2018 term.
Previous SIF scholarship winners are not eligible. 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: Must be submitted along with requirements for each scholarship.
– Transcripts: For each scholarship, transcripts provided must be through the December 2017 term. All transcripts must be stamped by the institution.
– Processing Fee: A $35 non-refundable processing fee is required with each scholarship application. The fee includes a one-year At-Large Membership to OSDIA, with all At-Large Membership benefits.
Deadline: The deadline for all scholarships (unless otherwise noted) is February 28, 2018. All requirements for a given scholarship must be met or the application will not be considered. All scholarship materials must be submitted online, and completed applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018.
No exceptions will be made. The SIF takes no responsibility for incomplete or late applications.
Process: Applications are screened by education professionals. Final selection is made by OSDIA’s National Scholarship, Education and Culture Committee. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2018. Monetary awards are presented directly to the students’ academic institutions in accordance with eligibility requirements.
In addition to the National Leadership Grants, state and local lodges may offer scholarships. Please contact those lodges directly. View the list of lodges.