Vicenza Community Club awards more than $25K in scholarships
May 22, 2013
Follow its tradition of the last 10 years of giving back to the Vicenza community, the Vicenza Community Club gave out scholarships totaling $25,000 to 19 recipients May 16 at a ceremony at the Golden Lion.
"These are merit-based scholarships and unfortunately, not everyone who applies receives one," said Kelly Pardew, VCC scholarship committee chairperson.
Eleven Vicenza High School seniors were chosen for the high school scholarship, which is only open to VHS seniors and are dependents of DoD employees or ID cardholders who are VCC members. To apply for the scholarship, seniors had to fill out a questionnaire that asked about work and volunteer experience, as well as an essay with reassigned topics and a letter of reference.
In addition, two continuing education scholarships were given out, Pia Manetti and Emmi Fondi, named after women who made a difference in the Vicenza Community. The continuing education scholarships not only look at what the student's GPA is, but what their course work includes. Community involvement and volunteerism also play a big part in the application process.
The Pia Manetti scholarship is named after a woman who volunteered for more than 32 years with the VCC. This year's recipients of the Pia Manetti scholarship were Brittany Francis, who is attending The New England Institute of Art; Naomi David, attending Liberty University Online; Rebecca Matheson attending Sweet Briar College; Taylor Curry attending Columbia University; Alexandra Sibilla attending University of Virginia and Hayley Howe attending Florida State University.
Sibilla said,"The VCC scholarship fund will help me towards my goal of graduating from UVa. I was excited and honored to have received it."
Emmi Fondi was an Alpini officer spouse who learned English while her husband worked for SETAF in 1973 on Caserma Ederle. She volunteered her time with the American Red Cross and worked as an interpreter at the health clinic on the post. Recipients of the Emmi Fondi scholarship, which goes only to current active VCC members, are Arta Marku, attending University of Phoenix and Lisa Borja attending University of New England.
"Getting the VCC scholarship takes a small chunk out of my tuition, but yet it means so much more," said Borja, scholarship recipient. "My goal is to use my masters in social work to help Soldiers and their families and getting the scholarship means that others believe that my goals are worthy of recognition."