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CCF awards scholarships to exceptional students of Italian heritage who have shown success in their studies and involvement with their communities. Graduating from school is an achievement that has a profound impact on a student’s life and the lives of their families.

We ensure that Italian American students of great promise have the support they need to graduate through our CCF Scholarship Program. Read on below for the stories of some of our scholars.

Meet Emily Barrett


Emily Barrett is a CCF College Scholarship recipient, dual Italian and American citizen, Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, artist, and entrepreneur. She left her corporate job in New York City to pursue the dream of creating inspiring pieces of art and traveling the world. After a backpacking trip across Southeast Asia, she got to work launching her own business, Fox Burrow Designs LLC. Inspired by her travel photos, Emily began designing art prints, textiles, and other products which have landed her in shops across the country and abroad.

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Meet Christie Proscia Mazzilli

Christie’s CCF High School Scholarship has motivated her throughout the years, even more so now she considers her future and pursuit of a career in the medical field

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Meet Brady Calabrano-Bowen

The best part is waking up every day and being able to walk to the Colosseum after school and listening to everyone around you speak Italian. The most memorable experience has been the amazing Italian food. It is undeniably the best food in the world.

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Meet Joceyln Orlando

With the support of CCF, Jocelyn was able to spend three months in the “Eternal City” of Rome. “Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, particularly in Italy, and I am extremely grateful to have been able to go there..."

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Meet Gianpiero Arnone

Even before the pandemic, Gianpiero spent his time volunteering his time to mix both of his passions: basketball and helping people.

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Meet Bree Parker

Bree graduated Spring 2021 from Cornell University with a Statistical Science major and three minors

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Meet Maria Calise

Maria’s aspiration in life is to become an attorney for her own firm and exonerate the wrongly accused

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Meet John Schiano

While being extremely school oriented, John’s favorite thing is to give back and raise money to help others

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In the coming weeks, CCF plans to roll out more spotlights on some of our scholarship recipients and their successes. Should you have any questions or are interested in participating, please reach out to Madi at mrathkamp@columbuscitizens.org or Michelle at msantoro@columbuscitizens.org.

Meet Gabriella Scala

Staten Island native and CCF YAA member, Gabriella Scala, graduated from the University of Connecticut with her bachelor’s degree and is currently working on her doctorate.

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Meet Richard Jackowitz

By age 5, Richard knew he wanted to one day pursue a career in the medical field. As time went on, he grew a passion for animals and his dream of becoming a veterinarian came into fruition.

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Meet Jenna Guardino

Throughout high school, Jenna Guardino knew she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. In order to chase these dreams, she volunteered at her local hospital shadowing people working in occupational therapy and physical therapy. She quickly realized that those two paths, although amazing, were not for her. It wasn’t until later she realized she wanted to become a nurse.

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Meet Bethany Bonfiglio

From a very young age, Bethany has always loved creating things. In middle school, she spent a lot of time drawing with regular graphite pencils on her homework. As time progressed, she developed an interest in painting and was enthralled by the stories art could tell. She enrolled in The High School of Art and Design and learned more about painting.

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Meet Danielle Nicoletti

Danielle Nicoletti, graduated in 2022 with a double major in both Nursing and Public Health. As an anatomy and physiology tutor, member of the Dean's Advisory Council, and writer for TCNJ Quality & Safety Education for Nurses Newsletter, Danielle was deeply involved in school. She has worked as a patient care technician for the last two years, volunteered with Rachel's House, an organization that provides support to single pregnant women, and interned with Once Upon a Preemie, while maintaining incredible grades.

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Meet Colette Chiodi

Colette Chiodi is a former high school and college scholarship recipient. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended Bishop Kearney High School. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Journalism and Mass Communication minor. Upon graduation, Colette began her career in media planning and strategy for an advertising agency in Manhattan. She has worked across several agencies expanding into marketing operations, focusing on consumer healthcare with clients such as Pfizer.

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Meet Romina Tarnovsky

Romina is interested in pursuing a career as an animator, music producer, lawyer, or psychologist... and  hopes one day to be able to repair intricate computers and machines.

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Meet Samantha Fordell

Samantha Fordell is a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major and Freshman at St. John’s University...intrigued by a career in audiology and eager to strengthen her dreams.

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