For Students

To apply for a NIAF scholarship, please first review the below conditions and requirements. When you are ready to begin, click here to start your scholarship application.


To be considered for a NIAF scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF.

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  • Be enrolled in an US accredited institution of higher education for the Fall 2014.

  • Have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent).

  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien.

  • Fit into one of the two NIAF scholarship categories.

  • For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be “Italian American” the student must have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy.

No immediate family members of the NIAF Board of Directors, Regional Vice-Presidents, Area Coordinators or staff are eligible for NIAF scholarships.


  1. Click on the link: Open a Scholarship Application File. You will be asked to agree to the NIAF Application Terms and Conditions. After this, you will enter information necessary to receive your NIAF Scholarship Application File ID. This Application File ID will be sent to you by e-mail upon submission. Please record your Application File ID as it will be REQUIRED in accessing & updating your application.

  2. You will then be brought to your status page, where you can access all parts of your scholarship application. Continue filling out your application or return at another time using your Application File ID to access your Scholarship Application File.

    To log into your existing Scholarship Application File, go

    Click on the link: Access your previously started Scholarship Application.

  3. Using your Application File ID, you may access both Sections A and B of your application to make changes up until the application deadline.

  4. Notify your teacher so he or she can go to the website, use your Application File ID to access your account, and submit your on-line Evaluation Form. Your teacher's evaluation must be completed by March 15, 2014.

  5. Submit to the NIAF by mail a copy of your Official Transcript. Transcript must be postmarked by March 1, 2014.

  6. Optional: Submit your FAFSA Financial Aid Form. FAFSAs must be postmarked by March 1, 2014.

Follow the directions listed on the on-line status page concerning how and where to send both the Official Transcript and the FAFSA Financial Aid Forms documents.

The NIAF encourages you to apply early to avoid unforeseen technical problems. The NIAF is not responsible for late applications caused by technical difficulty.


Applications for NIAF scholarships can only be submitted on-line.

In order to be complete, an application must include the following:

  • Completed student application (Sections A & B) submitted on-line.
  • Teacher Evaluation Form submitted on-line.
  • An official school transcript submitted by mail.
  • FAFSA Financial Aid Form (optional) submitted by mail.
  • No certified mail accepted. Exact postage or else the transcript and/or FAFSA will be sent back.


NIAF scholarships are highly competitive and awarded on the basis of academic performance, field of study, career objectives, and the potential, commitment, and abilities applicants have demonstrated that would enable them to make significant contributions to their chosen field of study. Some scholarships are awarded based on financial need.

Applications will be “blindly” evaluated. That is, names, addresses, or distinguishing information that would reveal the applicant’s identity on the application will not be made available to scholarship evaluators.


To be eligible to receive payments, a NIAF scholar must:

  • Submit a written acceptance of the scholarship award.
  • Submit letter(s) of appreciation to NIAF-designated scholarship financial contributor(s).
  • Submit a color photograph for publication.
  • Sign a written statement pledging that upon completion of the scholarship academic year, student will submit a typed narrative of approximately 500 words for publication. The narrative will briefly describe the benefits of the NIAF scholarship.

The NIAF scholarship may not be used as a substitute for or to diminish in any way any other award, grant, or scholarship given to the recipient. Payments from the NIAF scholarship program may supplement, but not duplicate benefits from another foundation, institution, or organization. The combined benefits from all sources may not exceed the cost of tuition, fees, and university-provided room and board as stated in the institution’s cost-of-attendance budget.

Scholarship Status

Create a new Scholarship application here.

Check the status of your application here.

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Important Dates

Application available: November 1, 2013

Applications due: March 1, 2014

Teacher recommendations due: March 15, 2014

Winners announced: May 16, 2014

Contact Us

For questions regarding scholarships, please view our FAQ section. If you are unable to find the answer to your question there, please contact
Gabriella Mileti at
or call (202) 939-3116