The Iavagnilio Charitable Service Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a commitment to and active participation in charitable service in his or her community. Because we at Athena place a very high value on giving back to the world, this scholarship is aimed at rewarding students that have a history of taking initiative to make the world a better place through charitable service.
Michele Iavagnilio was a young man who, through his work at the Cireneo Onlus Foundation, selflessly dedicated his efforts to helping and teaching autistic children everything from the simplest everyday task of tying their shoelaces, to more difficult concepts of expressing emotions or needs. He would even go above and beyond his basic job duties by recycling his old toys to present as gifts to the children to make their lives happier and brighter. Tragically, Michele died at the age of 25 in the devastating earthquake in the Italian city of L’Aquila in April 2009.
In order to apply for this scholarship, each student should submit a reference letter from someone who can attest to the student’s roles and contributions to charity work in the community. In addition to the reference letter, the student should submit a resume or essay outlining his/her experience in charitable service.
- Minimum 2.8 GPA
- In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be accepted into an Athena spring semester or year-long study abroad program at one of Athena’s Lorenzo de’ Medici Italy campuses (Venice, Florence, Rome, or Tuscania)
- The student will have the opportunity to meet Michele’s family during the term abroad.
SPRING DEADLINE: November 1st