I have some exciting news to share with you and your members. Thanks to the efforts of our State President, Neil Velleca Jr, The Sons and Daughters of Italy Connecticut Grand Lodge Foundation is up and running! Following the footsteps of the National Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), the CT Foundation will be the philanthropic arm of the CT Grand Lodge.
The National SIF was founded in 1959 with the purpose of preserving Italian American culture, encouraging education excellence among Italian Americans and improving lives in other areas. To date, the SIF has given more than $164 million to these efforts.
Similarly, the CT Foundation is now positioned to contribute and support your efforts in your local community - right here in CT. We’re so excited we don’t want to waste any time and immediately make available a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors going on to a trade school, college or university.
As you know, we have several lodges throughout the State supporting the overall mission and purpose of the Sons & Daughters of Italy. We are committed to offering one scholarship in each of the communities where we have lodges! This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to share our message and commitment to the Italian-American community. We hope you are as excited as we are as we begin this journey in preserving, promoting and supporting all things Italian.
I’ve attached the scholarship application for you to distribute and share with your members, scholarship committee, but more importantly, with any of the local high schools you and your lodge may already have a partnership with. Scholarship season is well underway, so don’t miss this opportunity. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to share the good the Sons & Daughters of Italy are doing here in CT. It’s a good story and one you should take advantage of as we continue to promote our culture and organization throughout the State. This is what it’s all about folks.
Should you or your local high school guidance office have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. In the meantime, stay tuned for more information about the CT Foundation.
A presto –
Sons & Daughters of Italy, CT Grand Lodge Foundation