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Our scholarship programs grew out of a desire to improve the lives of Italian-Americans. Between 1880 and 1920, over four million Italians immigrated to the United States.

2024-2025 CCF Scholarship Applications are now open. Click here to view the available scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Special Note: The Department of Education recently announced a delay in the release of the FAFSA applicant data to colleges and universities. In response to this delay, we are extending the scholarship deadline for our College and Medical School scholarships only to Wednesday, May 1, 2024 to allow applicants to upload the FAFSA Student Aid Report summary and to us to get a better sense of where the student will be attending college, as details on financial aid packages will not be likely until mid-April at the earliest.

The deadline for CCF’s High School scholarship applications will remain March 1, 2024

High School Scholarship: Apply Now

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Medical School Scholarship: Apply Now

Eligibility: 

  • Applicant must be entering their first year in high school or their first year at an accredited college/university or medical school
  • Applicant must be of at least 25% Italian heritage
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or 88%

Applicants must provide: 

  • The parent and/or applicant’s most recent Federal Tax Return documents (2022 tax year or 2023 tax year, if available). Consideration is given for applicants with demonstrated financial need.
  • The applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2024-2025 FAFSA application (if applying for our College or Medical School Scholarships). 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic contact. This may include teachers, professors, community leaders, mentors, counselors, or another person who can speak to the applicant's academic merits and/or extracurricular and community service activities.
  • The applicant’s most recent, or current, semester’s report card or transcript.

Application process:

  • Applicants must complete the application by the stated deadline, including the completion of all required essays, and submission of tax documents, FAFSA Student Aid Report (College and Medical School Scholarship applicants only) and letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • Those applications that are selected to move forward in the process will be invited to participate in an interview, which will be scheduled through the CCF Scholarship Office
  • Awarding decisions are typically shared in May, pending the review process. All applicants will be alerted to their application status throughout the process
All applications, letters of recommendation, and required documents must be submitted via the online application portal. No application materials will be accepted via mail or email. Any application materials submitted outside of the online portal will not be reviewed.

If you have any questions about your application or would like to be added to our scholarship interest email list, please email scholarships@columbuscitizens.org.