At a local level, The Morris County Sons of Italy Lodge provides scholarships to worthy students at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School each year.  Scholarships are awarded based on students scholastic achievement,  school activity and community leadership. Strong consideration is given to students who demonstrate an interest in the Italian culture through their academic and community experiences.

Sons of Italy
Lodge 2561 of Morris County

2022 Scholarship Report

Scholarship Committee
Michael dePierro, Chairman Mike Fazzio
Louis Amato Bob Adamo
Joseph Jannarone Jr.

The Scholarship Committee met on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at my home and awarded 7 total scholarships from PHS, and PHHS. As usual, we had a number of applicants who excelled in many categories … GPA and SAT scores, Honors Courses taken, and School and Community activities.

As a reminder, the criteria that the Scholarship Committee uses to evaluate applicants are: American with Italian extraction from either parent or grandparent; Scholastic Average; Class Rank; SAT/ACT Scores; and School and Community Activities.

PHS (Michael Barnhart Scholarship) PHHS (Basil Ricci Scholarship)

The Awards Assembly for PHS is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 8th, at 7:00 PM. The Awards Assembly for PHHS is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 6th, at 7:00 PM.


National Leadership Grants – General Information

Through the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), and hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) has awarded nearly $61 million in scholarships to date. In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 in a nationwide competition. These figures and the number of scholarships may vary according to funding each year.

General Eligibility: U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in a four  year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution for the Fall 2020 term.
Previous SIF scholarship winners are not eligible. Additional eligibility requirements may apply to specific scholarships.

General RequirementsPlease see each scholarship description for its specific requirements. The following general requirements apply to all scholarships:
– Online application: All requirements must be uploaded to the online application for each scholarship.
– Transcripts: For each scholarship, transcripts provided must be through the December 2019 term. All transcripts must be stamped by the institution.
– Processing Fee: A $35 non-refundable processing fee is required with each scholarship application. The fee includes a one-year At-Large Membership to OSDIA, with all At-Large Membership benefits.

Deadline: The deadline for all scholarships (unless otherwise noted) is February 28, 2020. All requirements for a given scholarship must be met or the application will not be considered. All scholarship materials and completed applications must be submitted online by February 28, 2020.



2020 Morris County Lodge Scholarships are available here: