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Elementary School Grant Program

The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Elementary School Grant Program was established in 2003 at the directive of past Foundation President Lawrence Auriana and was implemented by former board member Richard J. Naclerio. The grants are available to students who will be entering grades K through 8. The grants, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please take a moment to learn about our requirements and the grant process.

Eligibility - Students who are of Italian descent and who are from households where the total gross income does not exceed $20,000 per capita are eligible. Only students entering grades K through 8 are eligible to apply.

Process - The applications of families that qualify for financial aid are then sent to the Columbus Citizens Foundation.  A committee reviews and evaluates the applications and asks applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview.  Approximately a month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships.  Notification is made by mail.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation offers scholarships in memory of their ancestors, who came to America to build better lives for themselves and their families, and in the hope that future generations of Italian-Americans will honor those who came before them by upholding the values of love of country, love of family and a tireless work ethic.  

How To Apply

Please note that our scholarship window is now closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarship application process will reopen on November 1, 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Please read all instructions before applying

The Elementary School Scholarship Application for the 2015-2016 academic year is available by clicking the link below. The deadline for submission has been extended to February 14, 2015. Please be aware that there is a non-refundable application fee of $30.00 per family, regardless of how many people apply.

I. Click here to download the 2015 Elementary Grant Information Sheet. 

II. Click here to access the 2015 Elementary School application.
- You will need to create an account if you do not already have one.
- When prompted to choose a school, you MUST choose Columbus Citizens Foundation Elementary Scholarship Program in order to apply. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL.

IMPORTANT: The Academic Performance Verification and all other documents must be sent directly to FACTS. An incomplete application will not be reviewed.