Ciao Scholarship

Ciao! Scholarship

CIAO (Cultural Italian American Organization) is a social group made up of those with Italian heritage living in the Madison area. The club’s goal is to maintain a connection with those of Italian heritage and to support the understanding of the impact of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans on Madison and surrounding communities. Every fall, CIAO awards a scholarship in the amount of $1000 to a student of Italian spending at least one semester studying abroad in Italy. While all students are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to:

– Students pursuing a Major in Italian or a Certificate in Italian at the UW-Madison (any student who has declared the Italian major or certificate by November of this year)

– Students of Italian heritage (but all students are encouraged to apply)

– Students planning their first study-abroad experience in Italy

– Students with at least a 3.0 GPA

Applicants should provide a letter (2 pages maximum) providing information about themselves, their Italian background (if applicable), their goals for studying abroad, their academic interests and career plans, and how they hope to use their Italian language in the future.

Letters should be emailed as an attachment to Mr. Joe Tripalin at, with the subject line “CIAO Scholarship application.”

Upcoming deadline: November 30

The successful recipient will be notified in December, and will receive $1000 from CIAO to help offset study abroad expenses. At the end of the semester, the successful recipient will send a one- to two-page final report about their study abroad experience in Italy to CIAO by email to

Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to Grazia Menechella.