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
- Students of Italian heritage
- 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.
Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to Grazia Menechella.