Annual Scholarship Program

The Angela Ryan – UNISTRA Scholarship

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Founded by the Perugia Committee in partnership with the University for Foreigners (UNISTRA) in Perugia, two scholarships are awarded annually to Grand Rapids area residents or students. Recipients spend one month studying the Italian language and culture. Each scholarship consists of a one-month tuition-free Italian course at the University for Foreigners (world famous for teaching Italian language and culture), a modest living stipend offered by UNISTRA, and an additional $2,000 cash award from the GRSCI Perugia Committee to assist with airfare and additional living expenses.

In the past, this opportunity was only available to Grand Rapids area students. The GRSCI Perugia Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship to ALL Grand Rapids area residents, regardless of age and status!

Recipients of the scholarship have described the experience as “life-changing.” It has offered them the opportunity not only to immerse themselves in Italian language, history and lifestyle, but also to travel around Italy and network with other language students from around the world.

The winner of the scholarship will be required to write a report to the Perugia Sister City Committee following completion of their stay in Perugia.

For more information on the 2016 scholarship please review the flyer below:

Download the Student Application here: 

Download the Grand Rapids Resident Application here:

Applicants for the scholarship must submit an application (either student or resident – see links above), two (2) essays and two (2) letters of recommendation. Each year, the call for applicants begins in January. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016. E-mail with any questions or for additional information about the scholarship program.

2015 Recipients: Ilana Chamelly and Kristen Hollingsworth

2014 Recipients: Serena Hammond and Eden Driscoll


Read about Eden’s experience

2013 Recipients: Sabrina Lee and Landon Oaks

Sabrina Lee

Read Sabrina’s thank you letter and her blog post – Tongue Ties about her experience in Perugia

2012 Recipients: Mario Amaya-Velazaquez and Angela Tramontelli

Read Mario’s blog about his experience in Perugia

2010 Recipients: Ana Stutler and Kaylee Kruzan

2009 Recipients: Amy Provenzola and Quinn Harris