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Ugo Di Portanova Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies

For the Graduate and Undergraduate Students of the Italian Studies Program

The Ugo Di Portanova Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies will benefit the students in the Italian concentration of the World Cultures and Literatures M.A. or, in the absence of an adequate number of eligible graduate students in the Italian concentration, both graduate students in WCL and the undergraduate students who are pursuing a major or a minor in Italian Studies. The amount of money distributed annually will depend on the interest income generated by the endowment. 

Who will receive the Ugo Di Portanova Endowed Scholarship?

Eligible students will be nominated every spring by the UH Italian Faculty and the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. The criteria for selection are:

  • Scholarship prospect exhibits leadership qualities as determined by the Director of the Italian Studies Program. Applicants must submit a letter of interest to the Director of Italian Studies. Candidates are nominated by the Italian faculty.
  • Scholarship applicant must be a certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston.
  • Scholarship recipient must maintain a GPA in accordance with the standards set by the Director of the Italian Studies Program.
  • Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with the Ugo Di Portanova Endowed Scholarship.
  • Funds can be used to cover expenses for tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. Any expenses of a recipient in excess of the amount deposited must be borne by the student.

What are the winners supposed to do?

Winners will be notified toward the end of the spring semester. Each recipient of the Ugo Di Portanova Endowed Scholarship will sign a contract and a letter of acceptance for the Italian Studies Program.

The Italy in America Association
Claude Sonsino Scholarship

The Italy in America Association awards the “Claude Sonsino Scholarship” yearly, usually in the amount of $1,000, depending on the availability of endowment funds.

Who is eligible?

First-year, second-year students and advanced students who have elected to major or minor in Italian studies, provided that they have already attended at least one course in residence and are currently enrolled in one or more of the other Italian Courses offered by the Italian Studies Program, are eligible to participate without any discrimination as to age, sex, race, or nationality. Students must have a grade point average of 2.50 or better. Scholarships are to assist the student in the payment of tuition and purchase of books. Students should be full-time students registered at the University of Houston.

How to apply:

Students must email Professor Monica Ercolani ( with 1) an attached letter expressing how this scholarship would benefit them and assist them in their study of Italian. The letter includes the applicant’s name, address, student ID, phone number (cell) and e-mail. 2) academic transcripts even unofficial containing a scan or a picture of your current GPA 3) a short video (no more than 5 minutes) in which student will answer the following questions:

  1. What was your motivation in your choice to study Italian? Was it cultural interest or is it related to your family history?
    Or both?
    (Qual è stata la motivazione che ti ha spinto a studiare l'italiano? È stato un interesse culturale, o c'è un legame con la storia della tua famiglia? O entrambe le cose?)

  2. What will the benefit of this scholarship be to you?
    (Quale beneficio pensi di ricavare da questa borsa di studio?)

  3. Is there a specific feature of Italian language, culture, history, and sport that you like and want to know more about?
    (C'è una caratteristica specifica della lingua italiana, della cultura, della storia o dello sport italiani che ti piacerebbe conoscere meglio?)
The letter must be in English. At least one of the answers in the video must be in Italian. Applications are due beginning of March.

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