Based in Washington, D.C., NIAF’s mission is to serve as a resource for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy.
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a nationwide organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is the largest and most loyal representative of the more than 20 million Italian American citizens living in the United States.
NIAF was founded in 1975 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with no political affiliations.
NIAF’s two most important purposes are to encourage Italian Americans to continue keeping their culturally rich heritage and traditions alive and present, and to ensure that the entire community never forgets the great contribution that Italians have made to the history and progress of the United States. To this end, the Foundation actively collaborates with the United States Congress and the White House on all major issues affecting Italian Americans.
The Foundation awards honors to eminent Italian and Italian American personalities who have distinguished themselves in their professional or civic role.
In the past, NIAF has honored personalities such as Antonin Scalia, who was the first Italian American judge of the United States Supreme Court; Frank Sinatra; Joe Di Maggio; Lee Iacocca; Liza Minnelli; Luciano Pavarotti; and Sofia Loren.
- Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education on a full time basis for the Fall 2022 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.
- Have an active NIAF Membership. Student may use their parent, guardian or grandparent’s membership.
To be awarded to an outstanding Italian American undergraduate student majoring in chemical or electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field.
An applicant must be join one of these memberships beforehand:
NIAF Sustaining Membership
- Hard copy of Ambassador magazine
- Lapel Pin
- Monthly Member Newsletter
- Discounts on Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Services, Italian Classes, Fashion, specialty products and more!
NIAF Galileo Club
- All Sustaining Member Benefits
- “Make Sunday Italian Again” Wooden Spoon
- Invitation to select NIAF Special Events
- 5% discount on Dual-Citizenship Services (when you choose
NIAF Michelangelo Society
- All Galileo Club Benefits
- NIAF Coffee Mug
- Mention in NIAF Donor List
- All Michelangelo Society Benefits
- NIAF Hat
- 10% discount on Dual-Citizenship Services
NIAF Business Council
- All NIAF Council Benefits
- Invitation to select NIAF non-ticketed Events
- Invitation to select NIAF Government Affairs Events
NIAF da Vinci Council
- All NIAF Business Council Benefits
- NIAF Book of the Year
- Invitation to all NIAF Special Events
- Invitation to all NIAF Government Affairs Events
Then the additional requirements:
- Become a NIAF Member
- Make a scholarship a account on the website provided
- Be sure to complete the application completely – do not leave anything blank
- Upload transcripts that are viable
- Upload resume
- Request letters of recommendation
- Upload Financial Aid information
The reward cost for this scholarship is $2,500 towards tuition coverage.
The 2021-2022 NIAF Scholarship Application closed on March 1, 2022 and will open for the 2022-2023 academic year on December
All applicants for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle will be notified of their status via e-mail on May 3, 2022 by 5:00 PM EDT.
This is an annual and respected scholarship.