Our scholarship program gives Italian American women the opportunity to achieve their dreams of higher education.


NOIAW’s scholarship program is open to female undergraduate or graduate students, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited US academic institution. Undergraduate students must be enrolled at a four-year college or university. High school students need not apply as they are not eligible. Applicants must have at least one parent of Italian descent.

We also require a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrated financial need.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Application Process

Before filling out our online application form, please review the requirements outlined below. All required materials must be sent to us in pdf format with the exception of recommendation letters which must have a signature and be mailed to our office.

Required materials:

  • A two-page essay* (double-spaced) that addresses the question: How has being an Italian American impacted you, personally and professionally?
  • Official college transcript
  • Student Aid Report
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic, one professional)
  • A $25 non-refundable processing fee

*Personal statements provided to NOIAW are not subject to return and will become the property of NOIAW.

NOIAW takes no responsibility for incomplete or late applications.


Since 1980, we have awarded scholarships annually to women of Italian descent who have achieved academic success. While their academic passions vary, all of our scholarship winners share a strong connection to their Italian heritage and a history of academic excellence.

We give preferential consideration to applicants who have demonstrated excellence in fields of study of Italian language and/or culture. In view of our relationship with CUNY, we give special consideration to current students of CUNY.

Dates to note

The scholarship application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

All applicants will be notified at the end of March 2018.

Winners should try to be present on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at NOIAW’s Annual Luncheon in New York where the scholarship awards will be presented.

After carefully reading the eligibility requirements, click here to apply to the 2018 NOIAW Scholarship application.