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 for over then years. Recipients spend one month in our sister city of Perugia, Italy, 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. The Perugia Committee will provide airfare and transportation support for your flight from Grand Rapids to Rome and your travel from Rome to Perugia.

*Applicants must be a Grand Rapids resident or a student attending a Grand Rapids area college or university.*

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.

For more information on the 2022 scholarship please review the flyer below and application below:

Applicants for the scholarship must submit an application, resume, cover letter, and two (2) letters of recommendation. Each year, the call for applicants begins in January. The deadline for submissions is March 15, of each year . The winner of the scholarship will be required to participate during the calendar year of the award. They are required to write a report to the Perugia Sister City Committee following completion of their stay in Perugia. We request that the non-student recipients partecipate with the Perugia Sister City committee by attending monthly meetings for at least one year and that they agree to volunteer, if needed, for at least two events during the year after their stay.

Please e-mail with any questions or for additional information about the scholarship program.

2018 Recipient below: Micaelina Ritschl


2020 Recipients: Postponed due to Covid

2019 Recipients: Micaelina Ritschl

2018 Recipient: Vincenzo Pavano

2017 Recipients: Jono Taccholini and John Pinheiro

2016 Recipients: Mark Mainero and Madison Gentry

2015 Recipients: Ilana Chamelly and Kristen Hollingsworth

2014 Recipients: Serena Hammond and Eden Driscoll

2013 Recipients: Sabrina Lee and Landon Oaks

2010 Recipients: Ana and Kaylee Kruzan

2009 Recipients: Amy Provenzola and Quinn Harris


2014 Recipients above: 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 below: Mario Amaya-Velazaquez and Angela Tramontelli

Read Mario’s blog about his experience in Perugia