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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 2. Presentation: late April. Contact Frank Giudice at 630-941-4700 or frankgiudice@fbgcorporation.com, or Jerry Saviano at 630-628-6867 ext. 222.

Christine Frances Rocco Memorial Endowed Scholarship — One scholarship awarded to an Italian-American woman beginning or returning to college to study English, business or education at Benedictine University in Lisle. Contact Dan O’Brien at 630-829-6073 or dobrien@ben.edu.

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 also available for accounting, art history, business, dentistry, engineering, finance, Italian studies, law, medicine, music education and other professional endeavors. Deadline: Oct. 31. Presentation: January 2019. 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 and need. Italian ancestry is a plus. Deadline: Aug. 31. Recipients must attend the IAET dinner dance on Nov. 19. Visit www.iaet-chicago.org, or contact Carol Lieggi at 630-915-1987 or cal13@comcast.net.

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 are also 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 24 at the Dante and Mazzei Awards luncheon. Winners must attend presentation. Visit www.jccia.com, or contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com.

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans — One $2,000 scholarship presented to a male high school senior of Italian ancestry. Deadline: May 1. Presentation: Bernardin Gala (date to be announced). Winners must attend presentation. 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 2. Presentation: Scholarship dinner and fashion show in late April. 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: Early September. Presentation: Mid-October. Visit justinianendowment.org/scholarships/ or contact Anthony Farace at 312-255-8550 or amf@amari-locallo.com.

Justinian Society of Lawyer’s DuPage Chapter — One scholarship of $1,000 awarded to a student of Italian ancestry in their second or third years of law school. Deadline: Early spring. Presentation: To be announced. Recipients must attend presentation. Apply in writing to Angela Aliota, 4320 Winfield Road, Suite 200, Warrenville, IL 60555.

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. Applicants notified: May 7. Visit www.niaf.org/scholarships. To establish a NIAF scholarship, contact Julia Streisfeld at jstreisfeld@niaf.org.

Sons of Italy Foundation, Illinois — Several $1,000 scholarships awarded to students of full or partial Italian ancestry graduating from high school. Award is also 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 who are either college-bound high school seniors or full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in accredited four-year institutions of higher education. Deadline: Feb. 28. Presentation: May. Visit www.osia.org or contact scholarships@osia.org or 202-547-5106.

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 sbschicago.org/immersion.html

Taylor Street Archives — One $250 scholarship awarded to a student who submits the best paper, research or otherwise, about the Taylor Street neighborhood and the Jane Addams’ Hull House. Visit www.taylorstreetarchives.com.

UNICO National — Four undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 per year for four years; one graduate school scholarship of $1,500 per year for up to four years; one medical scholarship of $5,000; up to 10 nursing scholarships of $2,500; two study abroad scholarships of $1,250; eight scholarships of $2,500 for matriculated college students (two science, two fine arts, four general studies); 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; and scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to fully matriculated natural science majors attending California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and SAS at University of Arizona. 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.