Italian Studies
University of Houston
613 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3006
Phone: 713-743-8350

Scholarships

Ugo Di Portanova | Ugo Di Portanova Endowed Scholarship  | "Donne Di Domani" | Italy in America


Ugo Di Portanova Scholarships

For the Students of the Italian Studies Program

$3,000 to $3,500 scholarships are available every year for Summer Study in Italy. The scholarship covers (in full or in part, depending on the dollar-euro exchange rate, flight prices, and inflation) the cost of the round-trip to Italy, the enrollment in Summer Courses at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, and room and board expenses.

Who can apply for the Ugo di Portanova Scholarship?

All students of Italian Studies at the University Houston without any discrimination as to age, sex, race, or nationality, 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. Students should be majoring or minoring in Italian Studies.

How can a student apply for the Ugo di Portanova Scholarship?

The scholarships are announced every spring semester. Check with your Italian instructors to obtain information and application forms.

The required steps are:

  • an application form
  • an official transcript of grades
  • a letter in Italian
  • and an interview.

Every student who is interested must request an application form from Italian Studies in 603AH, write a letter explaining the reason why s/he wants to study in Italy, and what is his/her interest in the field of Italian Studies. The letter must be written in Italian (typed). An official transcript is also required. The application form and the letter must be addressed to:

Ugo di Portanova Scholarship Commission
c/o Italian Studies Program
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
612 Agnes Arnold Hall
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204

The deadline for the application and letter is usually after mid-March. Check with your Italian instructors for current dates.Bring all applications to AH 603. If there is no one in AH 603, then leave them in the MCL office (AH 613) to be put in Prof. Monica Ercolani's mailbox.

Be sure they are enclosed in a manila envelope with name, current address, telephone or cell phone (answering machine), studentID #, and current e-mail information.

Nota Bene: 6 copies of the letter and application are required. One copy of the official transcript is required.

What about the interview?

The Ugo di Portanova Commission will interview the applicants on a Saturday on campus, commencing at 10:15, usually in AH 444. The Commission will be chaired by the Director of the Italian Studies Program at the University of Houston (who will not vote). After reading and discussing the letters of the students, the Commission will then interview the students. The interview will be in Italian and the primary focus will deal with the content of the applicant's letter. The student will be requested to express verbally his/her motivation to go to Italy, and his/her interest for Italian Studies. Advanced students will be asked some information about Italian Culture and Civilization. After interviewing the last student, the Commission will evaluate both the letter and the interview on a scale of one (minimum) to ten (maximum). The recipients of the Ugo di Portanova Scholarship will be notified in writing.

What are the winners supposed to do?

Each recipient of the Ugo di Portanova Scholarship must write a letter of acceptance to the Commission (same address as above) and a letter to Signor Ugo di Portanova not more than one week after receipt of the official announcement (same address as above). The student will commit himself/herself to continue his/her studies in the Italian Studies Program (or will explain why he/she cannot do so). The recipient will sign a contract and a letter of acceptance for the Italian Studies Program.

Since credit earned through Italian Universities for Foreigners is not transferable to the University of Houston, the student upon his/her return will consult with the Director of Italian Studies to present his/her certificate of attendance. This certificate is given by the Università per Stranieri di Siena. In case natural disaster or war prevent the student from going to Italy and attending the course at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, the candidate will receive only $1,000 dollars. The remainder of the Ugo di Portanova Scholarship will revert to the Italian Studies Program at the University of Houston.

N. B. The student must submit the application form (one original and six copies), his/her original letter (one original and six copies), the official transcript (one original) to

Italian Studies Program
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, 612 Agnes Arnold Hall
University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204

Please enclose all of the above in a manila envelope and be sure your name, current mailing address, current telephone number and current e-mail is on the envelope.

N. B. Information about the Università per Stranieri di Siena is available at www.unistrasi.it
e-mail: info@unistrasi.it


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 eligible graduate students, 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.


"Donne Di Domani" Scholarships
for Students of Italian Studies

The Italian Studies Program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages receives applications every spring from eligible students for the Donne di Domani Scholarship.  This Scholarship, which has been made available by a generous gift from the Donne di Domani Organization, is to be used for tuition and books. The Donne di Domani Scholarships award each year approximately three scholarships of $1,500, depending on the availability of funds.

Eligibility:

Students who are currently majoring or minoring in Italian Studies. According to the by-Laws of the Donne di Domani all applicants must be citizens of the United States or in the process of awaiting citizenship. Student should demonstrate financial need.

Requirements

Applicants must have earned, or must be completing, at least 6 hours in Italian (Italian 1301-1302/ 1501-1502 or equivalent). Student must have completed at least 30 hours at the University of Houston and must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.75 .

Procedure

The applicants will be interviewed by the Donne di Domani Scholarship Committee on campus, usually at the end of March/beginning of April.   All students applying will come to AH 603 to await their turn to be interviewed.

Materials to be submitted to the screening committee

  • A letter (in English) addressing reasons for desiring the DdD Scholarship.  Reference  should be made to career goals and financial needs.  The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. (Original letter and 4 copies of letter and 4 copies of transcript must be enclosed). 
  • An updated official transcript including courses currently taken and anticipated grades in current courses. If student’s official transcript is on file in Italian Studies, copies of the official transcript will be accepted.
  • Full name, mailing address, telephone number, student ID and e-mail of applicant.

Deadline for Applications

Applications must be received by Italian Studies on time to be reviewed.  Check with your Italian instructors for deadlines. Please turn in your applications to Italian Studies AH 603 or to the MCL Office AH 613 to be put in Prof. Monica Ercolani's mailbox.

NB: If you are applying for more than one Italian Studies Scholarship only one official transcript is required, the others may be copies.   Please submit all of this in a manila envelope with your name, address, telephone number (cell phone) and e-mail on the envelope.

The Donne Di Domani is a non-profit, tax-exempt Italian American Women’s organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage through its charitable endeavors. All profits are donated to charities in the City of Houston and for scholarships at the University of Houston, Rice University and St. Thomas University.


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 submit a letter (in English) expressing how this scholarship would benefit them and assist them in their study of Italian. Along with the letter must be submitted an official transcript. Please enclose the original letter and transcript in a manila envelope and make sure the applicant’s name, address, student ID, phone number (cell) and e-mail are written on the envelope. The envelope should then be delivered to AH 603 or the MCL Office, AH 613 (one original letter and 4 copies of the letter and 4 copies of your transcript must be included). Applications are usually due by the end of March or the beginning of April. Please check with your Italian instructors for current deadlines.

Italy in America Association is a non-profit organization whose purposes are:

  • to give interested Italophiles an opportunity to meet;
  • to foster goodwill toward Italy in the United States;
  • to explore and express Italian tradition and culture through appropriate educational programs;
  • to work with existing public and private organizations in assisting and welcoming visitors from Italy;
  • to encourage and foster the development of cultural interchange between the United States and Italy.

The Italy in America Association Claude Sonsino Scholarship Committee interviews the candidates on campus. The interview will be in English and in Italian.

All applicants must come to AH 603AH prior to the interview.