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We offer our NOIA Leadership Scholarship to high school students who demonstrate a passion for giving back, helping others and taking an active role in ensuring our local Italian American community continues to thrive.


NOIA has a strong focus on investing in education. To address this priority, the organization will distribute scholarships directly through the 20 Catholic High Schools in Northeast Ohio. Through this investment, we can make a deep impact in the lives of students of Italian heritage.


4 year high school scholarship available to students from any of the 20 Catholic High Schools in Northeast Ohio. Student is awarded $5,000 annually.  ($20,000 over 4 years)

This scholarship encourages educational achievement, cultural experiences, leadership and service – values important to NOIA and the Italian American community. A student can be awarded up to $20,000 in scholarship funds. 


• Student must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA

• Student must demonstrate financial need

• Student must have minimum or at least 25% Italian descent

• Student must actively participate in at least one extra-curricular activity by sophomore year

• Student is heavily encouraged to take a leadership role in an activity

• Student must provide annual summary of school year experience

• Student must attend the annual NOIA Impact Dinner


Please review and fill out the application packet here.


To submit your completed application, please either print or scan the application electronically and submit it to your high school contact. 

For questions, please contact your respective high school.

Schools and teachers can find a flyer here to distribute in your classrooms!


Congratulations to...

Senior students:

Alyssa Cardina & Sophia Notarberardino – Elyria Catholic

Sophia Kucera – Padua Franciscan

Carmella Urvay – Walsh Jesuit


Junior students:

Jordan D’Amico – Archbishop Hoban

Giancarlo Bontempo & Olivia DiPaolo – Padua Franciscan

Anthony D’Angelo – Walsh Jesuit

Sophomore students:

Emma Pomeroy – Archbishop Hoban

Brohden Phillips – Elyria Catholic

Claudia DiGeronimo – NDCL

Elizabeth Wirtz – Padua

Blake Whipkey – St. Ignatius

Liya Matheou – St. Joseph’s Academy

Giovanni Nonno & Ian Russo Boykin – St. Vincent St. Mary’s

Valentina Maltempi – Walsh Jesuit

Freshmen students:

Emily Walker – Archbishop Hoban

Gabriella Dee – Elyria Catholic 

Nicholas Rinaldi & Rex Waggle  – Gilmour Academy

Morgan Whipkey – Magnificat

Sophia Augusta & Tomassina Noce-Roby – NDCL

Vincent Costanzo & Mason Ottingner – Padua Franciscan

Athan Willis – St. Ignatius

Zoe Elizabeth Barnovsky & Roslyn Jannette – St. Joseph’s Academy

Elliana Lenington – St. Vincent St. Mary’s

Cole Gryzlo & Sophia Maccarelli – Walsh Jesuit

View photos from our 2024 Scholarship Dinner here

The Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your support is tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for advice.

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