NIAF on Campus, Scholarships, & Voyage of Discovery

Through our NIAF membership numerous programs are available to members of the Federation

Experience Italy

In an action-packed all-expenses paid journey exploring UNESCO sites, local hotspots and breath-taking landscapes. Travel with Italian American peers while being introduced to the vibrant culture, mouth-watering cuisine and fascinating history that puts one’s Italian American heritage into a life-changing context that was never realized before.


Must be a full-time college student at a college or university for the semester preceding the trip

  • Between the ages of 18-23 at the time of travel
  • Of Italian heritage
  • Never previously visited Italy
  • A United States citizen or a permanent resident alien
  • Must be a member of NIAF.

AIFEDSE / NIAF Voyage of Discovery Scholarship winners for 2022 & 2023

College Scholarships:

Thanks to the generosity of the Italian American community, the National Italian American Foundation has awarded over $10,000,000 in scholarships since its founding. NIAF administers nearly 200 scholarships annually, ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000 to Italian American students studying a wide variety of subjects.

Eligibility, Applicants must….

Have an active NIAF MembershipNIAF memberships are valid for one year from the date of registration. Students may use their parent, guardian or grandparent’s membership.

  • Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education on a full time basis for the Fall 2023 semester
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). (Some scholarships require a lower GPA for eligibility. Students in a pass-fail system are also eligible.)
  • Be a United States Citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Have Italian American ancestry. To be considered Italian American, the student must have at least one
    ancestor who has immigrated from Italy,


The NIAF on Campus program enables college students to appreciate and engage with Italian and Italian American culture in a more profound way outside of the classroom.

Each NIAF on Campus group is eligible for up to $1,500 in funding to carry out fun and educational Italian American events per academic year. With these events, NIAF has the possibility to engage college students at universities across the country and encourages them to maintain and promote the Italian American culture. Every student who takes part in these events is a potential leader in the future Italian American community.