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Villa Charities Scholarship Program

Villa Charities is excited to announce the winners of its inaugural national scholarship program for post-secondary undergraduate and graduate students. The Villa Charities Scholarship Program was launched in April and is available to students of all backgrounds and faiths, who will help further Villa Charities’ mission of enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

The Villa Charities Scholarship Program includes a total of 16 scholarships valued at $60,000. Eight of the sixteen scholarships are awarded through Villa Charities Foundation in support of undergraduate and graduate-level studies in a variety of disciplines. The remaining eight scholarships are awarded through George Brown College in Toronto, in support of students pursuing a degree in Architectural Studies or Culinary Arts.

Undergraduate Student Scholarship – Award Winners

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Daniela Fisico

  • School: Western University
  • Program: Bachelor of Arts, Media, Information and Technoculture
  • Essay excerpt: My Nonna and Nonno made an unbelievable sacrifice leaving their homeland alone hoping to reap the benefits of Canada. Their decision to leave all of their family behind motivates me to give back to others and celebrate Italian traditions to honour my grandparents.

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Melissa Gatti

  • School: University of Waterloo
  • Program: Bachelor of Arts and Business, Major: History
  • Essay excerpt: Through the Honours Arts and Business Co-op program, I plan to continue enriching lives through services and experiences that will honour my Italian heritage and continue to fuel the cultural mosaic of our country. Being a student at St. Jerome’s University College at the University of Waterloo, I look forward to attending Italian language circles with fellow students, where we can practise the language and nurture the culture in the lives of Italians and non-Italians.

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William Goddard

  • School: University of Toronto
  • Program: Bachelor of Arts, Major: Ethics, Society and Law
  • Essay excerpt: I value education tremendously. Academia is one of the means by which I will continue my Nonno’s mission to create a better future for my family. The classroom is an environment for me to work hard, be honest, and demonstrate the worth of those with Italian backgrounds.

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Luca Ramelli

  • School: Queen’s University
  • Program: Bachelor Science, Major in Environmental Science
  • Essay excerpt: Being Italian has enriched my life in so many ways. I am deeply proud of my Italian heritage as it has taught me many valuable things throughout my life. As such, I work to give back to the Italian community in any way that I can.

Graduate Student Scholarship – Award Winners

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Alessandra Cicci

  • School: University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
  • Program: Master of Global Affairs and Master of Public Policy
  • Essay excerpt: From taking Italian art history classes at the Columbus Centre, to traveling to Abruzzo with Centro Scuola, my parents emphasized the value of learning about our heritage. My family’s love for Italy was also paired with their love for their new home, Canada.

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Celina De Biasio

  • School: University of Ottawa School of Medicine
  • Program: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Essay excerpt: My drive, passion, and work ethic are all influenced by my family’s immigration experiences and my Italian upbringing. Like Villa Charities, I have made a conscious effort to enrich the lives of my community while honouring my Italian culture and heritage by integrating Italian studies into my learning and advocating for vulnerable populations.
  • My mission as a future Italian Canadian physician is to support the Italian Canadian community by creating a culturally sensitive practice that integrates my patients’ cultures into their care plans.

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Cessidia De Biasio

  • School: Queen’s University, Smith School of Business
  • Program: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Essay excerpt: My passion for honoring my Italian heritage, advocating for immigrants and youth, and inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us, will continue beyond my MBA. “Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour everyone’s cultures” while promoting unity and collaboration will help me build enlightened communities for generations to come.

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Demille Odoardi

  • School: Queen’s University
  • Program: MSc Program in Anatomical Sciences
  • Essay excerpt: From a young age I was immersed in such a beautiful culture, where I learned that bringing people together and fostering a strong sense of community is incredibly important. As I grew older, I realized that I, too, wanted to create the same sense of togetherness that my Nonna brought to her community and to her family.

These scholarships were awarded by Villa Charities Foundation to students who are registered, full-time students at an accredited college or university, Canadian citizens or have permanent-residence status, and are enrolled for the 2020/2021 academic year. Eligible students were required to demonstrate leadership through community involvement or volunteering, as well as write a submission essay describing how they helped further Villa Charities’ mission.

The selection and adjudication process was conducted by the Villa Charities Scholarship Awards Selection Committee. Scholarships awarded through Villa Charities Foundation will support the students’ tuition fees for the 2020/2021 academic year.

For more information about the Villa Charities Scholarship Program, please visit villacharities.com/scholarships or contact Cristina Costa, Director of Development, Villa Charities Foundation at 416-789-7011, ext. 321 / ccosta@villacharities.com. There are also opportunities to name a scholarship through sponsoring or alternate funding.


The Villa Charities Scholarship Program provides financial support to Undergraduate and Graduate level students of all backgrounds and faiths, who believe in and help further Villa Charities’ mission to enrich lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded by Villa Charities Foundation to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Registered, full-time student at an accredited university or college.
  • Students must be Canadian citizens or have permanent-residence status.
  • Villa Charities’ mission is to enrich lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage. Any person, regardless of background, that helps further this mission is encouraged to apply.

(A) Villa Charities Undergraduate Student Scholarship

Awards of $2,500 (to be used toward tuition only) will be presented to each of four (4) full-time Undergraduate Student(s) at an accredited Canadian university or college with the following criteria:

  • Registered in an Undergraduate program and must be entering the second, third, or fourth year (if applicable) of the program
  • Have a program GPA of 3.5 or higher. See Terms and Conditions for additional requirements.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities through various means such as volunteer community service
  • Exhibits passion in their field of study. Preference given to students who demonstrate special interest in Italian heritage and culture as part of their program of study, such as through a co-op, internship, and/or an applied research project.
  • Written essay (500-1,000 words) describing how they help further Villa Charities’ mission – to enrich lives through experiences and services that honour Italian heritage and culture
  • Willingness to attend a meet and greet at Villa Charities Inc.

(B) Villa Charities Graduate Student Scholarship

Awards of $5,000 (to be used toward tuition only) will be presented to each of four (4) full-time Graduate student(s) at an accredited Canadian university or college with the following criteria:

  • Registered in a Graduate program
  • Have a program GPA of 3.5 or higher. See Terms and Conditions for additional requirements.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities through various means such as volunteer community service
  • Exhibits passion in their field of study. Preference given to students who demonstrate special interest in Italian heritage and culture as part of their program of study, such as through a co-op, internship, and/or an applied research project.
  • Written essay (500-1,000 words) describing how they help further Villa Charities’ mission – to enrich lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage
  • Willingness to attend a meet and greet at Villa Charities Inc.

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