The Colonial Italian American Organization Foundation 2019 Scholarship Program


CIAO was established in 1988, in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally, its focus was to provide Americans of Italian descent, and their spouses, the opportunity to meet and form enduring friendships with one another through social gatherings, cultural and educational events, and dinners. Recognizing that there are many non-Italians with Italy in their hearts, CIAO is now open to everyone. It remains dedicated, however, to providing its membership with a variety of enjoyable activities. Events include regular social gatherings, most with presentations; an Italian Film Festival in January/February/March; special dinners, to include a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Dance in February, a Scholarship Awards Dinner in May, a Summer Picnic in June and a Christmas Dinner/Party in December. There are also planned day trips as determined by the level of interest of club members. Finally, there is an informal Italian Round Table where individuals can learn and practice the Italian language. The CIAO Social Club oversees the various social activities.

In 1989, CIAO decided to initiate a charitable outreach program in the local community, focusing on education. CIAO made its first monetary awards that year to local high school and college students to help them further their academic studies. Over the years, CIAO has continued its positive engagement with the local community through its flagship Scholarship Awards Program as well as other charitable endeavors. The CIAO Foundation oversees these charitable efforts.

To be eligible for a CIAO Foundation award, an applicant must be:
A student attending Bruton, Jamestown, Lafayette or Warhill High Schools, Providence Classical, Walsingham Academy, Veritas Preparatory School or Williamsburg Christian Academy or a home-schooled student living in a school district served by these schools;
Have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above;
Planning to pursue full-time study, as defined by the institution he or she will be attending, for the entire academic year for which this award is to be used.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES Letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted in PDF format. Once all entries are completed, click the submit button at the end of the form. Once the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you would like to download a pdf version of this form to use as a worksheet, please click here. Only REPEAT only on-line applications will be accepted. Please use a mainstream service provider to transmit your application.

IMPORTANT: It is up to the applicant to ensure that all components of the application, including transcripts and reference letters, are complete and submitted in a timely fashion. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. Please be sure that all contact information is accurate and current. Any questions should be sent to [email protected]
Submission of this application authorizes the CIAO Foundation to verify all information, including your GPA, SAT scores, and school activities participation, with your high school counselor.

All applications will be reviewed and scored by the CIAO Scholarship Committee. Scholarship awards will be announced no later than the first week of May, at which time the recipients will confirm the educational institution that they have decided to attend.

Good Luck and Best Wishes!