Links to Financial Aid for Italian American Students
Scholarship Handbook for Italian American Students
Italian American Heritage Foundation San Jose
The U.S. - Italy Fulbright Commission
Sons of Sicily, San Jose
A MESSAGE FROM CASOLA PRIZE WINNER
RACHEL BERTOLA CHUNG
I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the 2022 Casola Prize. I deeply appreciate the support from President Paul Romano and the Board of Directors, and I am looking forward to continuing this new-formed relationship to promote the Italian Language and Culture.
As I continue to pursue my Finance and Political Science double majors and International Business minor, the Albert J. Casola Prize will allow me to study abroad in Milan, Italy this Fall. Besides taking an array of academic courses, including an Italian language course, I will be interning with a Milanese organization. As I immerse myself into the local culture, I will not only be able to bolster my Italian language skills, but also directly connect with my Italian heritage. This will be an extremely valuable experience that the Patrons of Italian Culture is helping make possible.
Taking what I’ve learned abroad, I will continue to promote the Italian Language and Culture as I shift into my future career. I eventually would like to work at a venture capitalist firm that focuses on supporting international start-ups. Specifically, I would like to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship by engaging in the process of advancing luxurious and authentic Italian and Italian-American products and services. As I begin my professional journey, I am looking forward to staying connected with my Italian heritage.
Grazie mille! A presto! — Rachel Bertola Chung
Immigrants in California
California has long been home to the largest number of immigrants in the United States, as European explorers arrived at its seaports as far back as the 17th century. Immigrants now account for over one-quarter of the state’s population and comprise a third of the entire labor force. As neighbors, business owners, taxpayers, and workers, immigrants are an integral part of California’s diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.
More than a quarter of California residents are immigrants, while nearly one in four residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent.