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Italy in America
Ugo Di Portanova Scholarships
For the Students of the Italian Studies Program
A $2000 scholarship is available 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
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.
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 in 2020?
Students must email Professor Monica Ercolani (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an attached letter expressing how this scholarship would benefit them and assist them in their study of Italian.
Please make sure that the letter included the applicant’s name, address, student ID, phone number (cell) and e-mail. A scan or a picture of your current GPA must be attached to the documentation. Students will also send Prof. Ercolani a short video (no more than 5 minutes) in which they will answer the following questions:
Students will also send Prof. Ercolani a short video (no more than 5 minutes) in which they will answer the following questions:
- What was your motivation in your choice to study Italian? Was it cultural interest or is it related to your family history?
(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?)
- What will the benefit of this scholarship be to you?
(Quale beneficio pensi di ricavare da questa borsa di studio?)
- 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 given in the video must be in Italian. Applications are due by April 17.