The Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund was established in 1984, with the purpose of assisting academically qualified local high school graduates of Italian ancestry with their college tuition, as well as honor local Pittsburghers of Italian ancestry who have meritorious distinction in his or her profession. At our annual golf outing in August, we present scholarships to the students selected.
These students must demonstrate a financial need, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and also carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester, to remain eligible for their scholarships. So far, we have received a commitment from thirteen local colleges and universities to participate in our Matching Scholarship Fund Program which doubles the students scholarships. Over the past 32 years, we have provided more than $2.6 million in scholarships and over $1.3 million in the matching fund program to 280 deserving students. These students are the ultimate reason why we exist...to establish a permanently endowed fund, capable of dispensing scholarships to worthy students of Italian descent from the Pittsburgh area.
Many of our relatives came to America with a dream of a better life for their children. Foremost in that dream was a wish for their children to be educated. Let us not forget what they have done for us, as we move foward to help our young people achieve their goals. Let us honor those who have achieved their goals and continue to support each other by keeping alive the rich traditions and family values so important to our Italian heritage.