Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara

As an Italian Studies major, visiting Italy and having the opportunity to live and study there was a dream that would have been very difficult, if not nearly impossible to achieve, without the generous help from the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation.  My year abroad was absolutely incredible and I am so grateful to have had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience living and studying like a true Bolognese!  At the university, I took courses in opera, contemporary Italian literature, and Dante’s Divine Comedy, among others.  I also had the opportunity to intern at a local science high school as a teaching assistant for two English teachers.  My Italian has come a long way and I like to think that I am nearly fluent and am no longer scared to speak in Italian. I can use it on a daily basis both in and out of the university without a problem.  This year abroad has greatly changed my life and me for the better and I am so grateful.
                                                            -Yoli G., UCSB EAP Italy, Bologna    
                                                             Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation Scholarship Recipient

The mission of the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara (ICHFSB) is :

(a) To emphasize the accomplishments of Italy and Ancient Rome in the fields of music, the fine arts, the Italian language, sculpture, literature, food, original exploration of the Americas, design, principles of law, engineering and economics, and to ensure the community of Santa Barbara, California is aware of their cultural inheritances

(b) To develop and promote literary, dramatic, musical or educational cultural awareness programs

(c) To distribute grants, contributions, and scholarships to institutions or organizations 

(d) To provide financial aid to elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher learning for the purpose of research and advancement of the study of Roman and Italian inheritances

The ICHFSB provides the following merit based scholarships for UCSB EAP students studying abroad in Italy.  The scholarships are intended to provide support and encouragement to motivated students studying at the following institutions.

Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara: The Silvio Di Loreto Memorial Scholarship For Excellence
This scholarship supports students studying for a full year or semester at the top-ranked University of Bologna.

Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara: The Gabriella Geri-Schooley Scholarship For Excellence
This scholarship supports students studying for a full year or semester at the prestigious University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi, one of the leading European schools in business and economics