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Investing in the Success of
Future Italian American Leaders

Our Mission


Thanks to the generosity of the Italian American community, the National Italian American Foundation has awarded over $10,000,000 in scholarships since its founding. NIAF administers nearly 200 scholarships annually, ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000 to Italian American students studying a wide variety of subjects.


Applicants must…

  • Have an active NIAF Membership. NIAF memberships are valid for one year from the date of registration.  (Memberships are non-refundable.) Students may use their parent, guardian or grandparent’s membership.
  • Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education on a full time basis for the Fall 2024 semester
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). (Some scholarships require a lower GPA for eligibility. Students in a pass-fail system are also eligible.)
  • Be a United States Citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Have Italian American ancestry. To be considered Italian American, the student must have at least one
    ancestor who has immigrated from Italy

*NIAF scholarships have additional specific eligibility requirements.
Please visit our Available Scholarships page to review all criteria.

2025-2026 Academic Year

Application Deadlines


The NIAF scholarship application for the 2024-2025 academic year closed on March 1, 2025 at 11:59 pm EST. All 2024-2025 applicants will be notified of their application decision on Friday, May 24, 2024 at 5:00 pm EDT. The application for the 2025-2026 academic year will open on December 1, 2024. 


Application: March 1, 2025 11:59 p.m. EST
Supporting Documents: March 1, 2025 11:59 p.m. EST
Decision Notification: May 5, 2025 5:00 p.m. EDT

How to Apply

Make a Scholarship Account
Upload transcript
Upload resume
Request recommendation letter(s)
NIAF Scholarship Alumni

If you or someone you know is a past NIAF scholarship recipient, we are creating an alumni database and need your help! Give us your name, year that you received a NIAF scholarship, location and any other information you would like to share. We look forward to staying in touch!