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Little Italy Lodge OSIA #2286 Foundation, Inc.  
La Famiglia Scholarship Program Application – 2021

The La Famiglia Scholarship Program provides financial support for educational purposes to Little Italy Lodge members, spouses of a member, children, grandchildren, step children or step grandchildren or wards of a member (designated as legal guardian). The Lodge member applying for or sponsoring an applicant for a scholarship must have been a member in good standing as of May 1, 2020.  

The Program provides financial support to graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education on a full time basis at an accredited two- or four-year college or university and to students who are currently enrolled full time (at least 12 college credits per semester or a lesser course load as prescribed by The Americans with Disabilities Act). Scholarships are only offered for undergraduate studies. Each year, the Program will establish the number and amounts of awards to be made. Six scholarships (two for $6,000 and four for $5,000) are available to eligible applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year. All applicants may reapply in future years but a maximum of four awards can be made to the same individual. 

Application Requirements and Evaluation Procedures

  1. Completed packets with all required information must be in the hands of the Program’s DESIGNATED RECIPIENT no later than May 1, 2021 to be considered
  2. Applications are available below and, when COVID permits, at the Lodge Hall.   Applications can also be downloaded from the Foundation’s website (http://littleitalyfoundation.org) or from the Lodge’s website (www.littleitalylodge-osia.org) or from its Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/sonsoflittleitaly). Applicants may submit the scholarship application electronically or manually to the DESIGNATED RECIPIENT.
  3. The application evaluation scoring procedures consist of three ratings obtained by consideration of 1.) the applicant’s academic achievement (Transcripts), 2.) the expected family contribution toward the cost of education, and 3.) the evaluators’ assessment of an essay provided by the applicant. All applicants will be notified in writing by June 30, 2021, of the Program’s decisions.  All award payments will be sent directly to the educational institution and may be applied only to tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 La Famiglia Scholarship Program Application Packet            

This packet contains the forms needed for application to the La Famiglia Scholarship Program.  The following requirements and instructions are to be complied with:

  1. Be sure to complete all items that pertain to the applicant and sponsor on the application. The sponsor must be a Lodge member in good standing and have been a member since May 1, 2020.
  2. The applicant is responsible for arranging to have transcripts for a minimum of the last three semesters mailed directly to the DESIGNATED RECIPIENT from the school(s) attended as indicated in this application.
  3. Submit with your application a copy of the applicable portion of the Student Aid Report (SAR) obtained from filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) report with the U. S. Department of Education. The portion of the SAR received by the applicant that contains the name of the applicant and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) toward the cost of the applicant’s education must be submitted with the application. If an applicant does not submit this information, financial need will not be one of the three factors considered during the evaluation process.
  4. The application and all supporting information must be received by the Designated Recipient no later than May 1, 2021. Early submission is strongly encouraged. The application, transcripts (directly from school), EFC information, and essay are to be mailed to
  5. Ms. Susan Corasaniti, Designated Recipient

            La Famiglia Scholarship Program

           8208 Northview Road

            Dundalk, MD 21222.

            e-mail: wtwindstar@aol.com

 All identifying information will be deleted on copies of the original by the Designated Recipient, who is not part of the evaluation process.  No other member of the Foundation Bard or the At-Large Committee, including the Selection Sub-Committee will know the identity of any sponsor or applicant until all applications are evaluated and the recipients are selected. 

Awards will be paid to the educational institution by September 1, 2021, upon the Program Treasurer’s receipt of an itemized bill from the applicant’s institution.  The Foundation Treasurer is Anna Vitale Lybrook.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The sponsor must have been a member in good standing of the Little Italy Lodge #2286 Order of Sons of Italy in America as of May 1, 2020.
  2. The applicant must be a member of the Little Italy Lodge, spouse of a member, child, stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild or ward of a member who is designated as legal guardian.
  3. The applicant must be a full-time student (defined as enrolled for at least 12 credits per semester or a lesser course load as prescribed by The Americans with Disabilities Act) in good standing with a grade point average (GPA) of a minimum of 2.5 on a grading scale of 4 (or equivalent). The applicant must have been accepted for enrollment at an accredited two-(Junior or Community College) or four-year university or college located in the United States for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  4. The applicant is encouraged to file the FAFSA Form. The EFC, derived from this filing, will be a factor in the Program’s evaluation process. The Scholarship Evaluation Committee will only see the EFC amount derived from the FAFSA Form.  The applicant has the option of not filing the FAFSA Form. If the applicant and/or the applicant’s family choose not to file the FAFSA Form, the area of financial need will receive NO CREDIT for financial need, which is one of the three factors considered during the application evaluation process. Those not filing the FAFSA Form must indicate so in writing on the application form.
  5. All awards are contingent on the verified accuracy of the information provided by the applicant and sponsor.

Procedure for Applying for a Scholarship

  1. The applicant must complete the approved application packet. The application packet must be received by the DESIGNATED RECIPIENT no later than May 1, 2021.
  2. High school or college/university transcripts covering the most recent past three semesters must be forwarded directly to the Designated Recipient from the respective school(s). Transcripts provided personally by the applicant will not be accepted and a minimum three semesters of the latest high school and/or college transcripts must be submitted. 
  3. The applicant must write an essay, with a maximum of 500 words addressing this year’s topic: “Since the statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed from the Columbus Piazza in downtown Baltimore and the focus of the Piazza is to be redefined by the city, what would you suggest, along with your rationale for that suggestion, as a subject to replace that statue in a repurposed Piazza to represent our Italian heritage, culture and pride.”

”The Essay Evaluators will judge each essay on (a) the basis of the author’s ability to logically develop his or her rationale for the response, with appropriate examples and support, (b) the logical organization of his or her arguments and other support for the position taken, (c) the quality and accuracy of the writing style, including word usage, syntax, spelling, grammar and, as appropriate, citations and (d) overall readability and audience engagement.”  The 500-word limit will be strictly enforced.

The application, transcripts (directly from the school), EFC information, and essay must be forwarded to the DESIGNATED RECIPIENT by MAY 1, 2021 at the following home or e-mail address:

Ms. Susan Corasaniti, Designated Recipient

La Famiglia Scholarship Program

8208 Northview Road

Dundalk, MD 21222

e-mail:  wtwindstar@aol.com

The Designated Recipient will delete all names and references on the corresponding documents that are copied from the original which identify the applicant, the sponsor or the applicant’s family before it is forwarded for evaluation.   If any questions arise while completing the application, please contact Susan Corasaniti at 443-695-4483 or wtwindstar@aol.com.

 Financial Award

  1. The La Famiglia Scholarship Program will determine the amount of each financial award.
  2. All awards payments will be forwarded directly to the institution the applicant will be attending no later than September 1, 2021, and can be applied only to tuition, fees and on-campus room and board.
  3. Financial awards are for one year only. Applicants may reapply on an annual basis. Awards to the same individual are limited to a maximum of four years.

The award recipients will be notified by mail and are expected to attend a regularly scheduled monthly Lodge General Meeting to be introduced to the membership and to acknowledge receipt of the scholarship. Those not selected for an award will also receive notice by mail.