Lawmakers provide applications for Italian-American legislature scholarships

Published Feb 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi are again providing applications for the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators annual scholarship for students attending college in the 2018-2019 academic year.

This year, the winners of four $3,000 scholarships — two for athletics and two for academics — will be announced in May, with an awards ceremony to follow June 4 at the conference’s annual Italian-American Day in Albany.

Applications are available by contacting the offices of Griffo or Brindisi. Completed forms should be returned to either
legislator’s office by Friday,
April 13.

Applicants for either scholarship are being asked to demonstrate a grade point average of 85 or above; financial need; participation in community service and school activities; and good conduct, and the willingness to pursue a higher education degree.

Students should reside in Griffo’s or Brindisi’s legislative districts and be attending
college in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Griffo and Brindisi are both active members of the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators. Griffo is a past president of the organization, and Brindisi serves on this year’s Executive Committee.

Area students may request an application by calling Griffo’s office at 315-793-9072 or Brindisi’s office at 315-732-1055.

The Conference works to highlight Italian-American contributions to the state in areas including literature, the arts, politics and architecture, and to work to dispel negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans.

“From tuition to paying for textbooks, attending college can be a very expensive and costly endeavor for many. These scholarships can help to provide local students and their families with a great opportunity to cover some of those costs. That is why I encourage area students to apply for these scholarships so that they can hopefully get some help with their college-related expenses,” said Griffo, R-47, Rome.

“These scholarships are an outstanding opportunity for students to get some help with the cost of a college education. I encourage anyone who is in college, or starting college this fall to complete the application available from my office. I always encourage students and their families to take every opportunity to reduce the financial burden of attending college, including utilizing scholarships such as this one; financial aid; and student loan programs,” said Brindisi, D-119, Utica.

Applicants for either scholarship are being asked to demonstrate a grade point average of 85 or above; financial need; participation in community service and school activities; and good conduct, and the willingness to pursue a higher education degree. Students should reside in Griffo’s or Brindisi’s legislative districts and be attending college in the 2018-2019 school year.