Mary Elizabeth Pizzimenti ’21 has received a National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. She is one of fifteen college students nationwide to receive the competitive prize.
An Italian minor at Manhattan College, Pizzimenti enjoys the personal attention students receive within the program. “Students are able to take an independent study course where the professors make connections with the students in order to focus on their strengths and interests,” Pizzimenti explained. “It is this relationship that convinced me that a minor in Italian would be fun and expand my horizons.”
The NIAF on campus fellowship program is intended for future leaders who self-identify as active in the Italian American community through their choice of study, their participation in on-campus Italian Clubs, and their grassroots efforts.
As a fellowship recipient, Pizzimenti has had access to networking opportunities, and received a ticket to NIAF’s 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend in Washington, D.C. NIAF also provided a $1,000 grant to Manhattan College’s Italian Club to put on two educational events during the academic year.