The UNICO Foundation, Inc., based in Bloomfield, NJ, established a graduate fellowship fund for Italian American Studies with additional donations from the Twin Cities Chapter of UNICO National and other gifts. UNICO National, which is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States, has designated the IHRC as the official repository of its archives. The IHRC holds the most extensive collection of documentation of Italian American history in the world. These records are used by researchers from around the United States and abroad.
The UNICO National Graduate Fellowship in Italian American Studies will provide financial support to graduate students engaged in studies for the Ph.D. in some area related to Italian American history and culture. The fellows will also be affiliated with the IHRC as interns; they will help in the processing and cataloging of the collection and assist scholars conduct research in the collection.
(Photo: 3rd Annual Convention National UNICO Clubs Ludy Hotel, Atlantic City, June 26, 1932)
Initial gifts of the UNICO Foundation and the Twin Cities chapter have established the fellowship fund which is invested and administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation. A total of $150,000 is needed to endow the award fully. The University of Minnesota's 21st Century Fund will match interest generated by this fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
A major national initiative, the creation of this fellowship in Italian American Studies constitutes an investment in the future of research and scholarship pertaining to the role of Italian Americans in the making of our country.
Follow the University of Minnesota Foundation's link to make an online gift of pledge through the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure site. Type in the designation "IHRC: UNICO National Graduate Fellowship (Fund 5632)" in order to have your gift directed to this particular fund.