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NIAF's Voyage of Discovery Scholarship Program for 2015

(Jan 08, 2015)

The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program is sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation. This all-expenses paid trip for Italian American students covers round-trip airfare between Italy and America and two weeks of programs. The 2015 trip will be to the region of Lombardia. The itinerary will include a visit to Expo Milano 2015, educational lectures, service opportunities, meetings with government officials, business leaders and visits to government offices, international businesses, museums and other cultural attractions.

The mission of the program is to strengthen the Italian American identity by bonding young Italian-Americans to the country, culture, and heritage of Italy; to help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation; and to understand the historical significance of Italy and the current contribution Italy is making to the US and the world.

The trip also offers students the opportunity to perform community service in areas of need during their stay in Italy.


Round-trip airfare between US and Italy
Hotel accommodation (hotel accommodations are 2/3 same-gender participants to a room)
All meals except where noted on the itinerary
Motorcoach transfers
Escorts and tour guides

Trip Date: June 9 – 23, 2015
Trip Destination: Lombardia


For more information and to apply online, go to www.niaf.org/voyageofdiscovery. Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at gmileti@niaf.org or 202-939-3116 with questions.

For more information and to apply for NIAF Scholarships:

Applications for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available by February 1, at www.niaf.org/scholarships. Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least, 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2015 to be eligible to apply. Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at gmileti@niaf.org or 202-939-3116 with questions.