The Sicilian Cultural Association (SCA) Scholarship Program is intended for high school seniors who have a parent/grandparent/great grandparent who is an active SCA member in good standing. The student must have attended any SCA event(s) in the past, and has applied and been accepted to an accredited college, university or trade school. The student must write an essay of a minimum 500 and maximum of 1,000 words. In addition, the applicant shall describe their record of service to their school and/or community and college goals. The applicant shall indicate how important their Sicilian heritage has been and how they hope to utilize it in the future.
Revenue generated from regular raffle sales at our monthly meetings will be reserved to fund this program. For the past two years this raffle has generated been between $1,345 to $2,144 for the Sicilian Cultural Association. If sufficient funds are not generated by this raffle, the remainder of up to $2,000 will come from our treasury. This will be a promotional tool at our monthly meetings to aid in ticket sales. We are offering two $1,000 scholarships per year. If we do not have two essay nominations or two that are approved, funds will stay in our treasury.
Essays from high school seniors should be submitted without names (they will be assigned a code) along with an application form and a letter of recommendation to an SCA Officer or Board Member and forwarded to Joe Tortorici who will present by the April SCA meeting or, in lieu of a meeting by April 1. Essays will be presented/discussed/chosen by a majority approval of the Officers and Board members at the April Board meeting (via meeting or emails/other electronic communication). The Scholarship funds shall be awarded at the June meeting. A check will be made out to the recipient’s chosen institution.
Recipients and sponsors will be invited to our June meeting to receive the check and our congratulations. The presentation should take place before dinner or any other business is conducted. This program officially began in 2021.