Typically each year, the Seattle Perugia Sister City Association offers up to four scholarships to study Italian at the world-famous University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) in Perugia, Italy. The University for Foreigners, founded in 1921, is the oldest and most prestigious institution of its kind devoted to language study by foreign students. More information can be found at: https://www.unistrapg.it.
FALL 2021 UPDATE: Scholarship applications were temporarily suspended in 2021 due to restrictions and limitations imposed by the COVID pandemic. Applications for 2022 may be considered in late 2021 or early 2022 once the University’s academic calendar is confirmed and international travel becomes more normalized.
The following are frequently asked questions about the program:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Individuals who want to improve their Italian language skills and who want to experience the culture and life in one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities are ideal candidates for this scholarship. Applicants must be: a member of the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, at least 18 years old, and a U.S. citizen.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD?
The scholarship includes tuition for one month of study at the University and a stipend that can be used to defray travel or living expenses while abroad. In most cases, scholars can choose the month of study that works best for them.
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
Applications for the upcoming year’s scholarships will typically be accepted in the fall or near year end of the current year. Applications for 2022 are not being accepted at this time but may be considered in late 2021 or early 2022 once the University’s academic calendar is confirmed and international travel becomes more normalized.
HOW DO I APPLY?
When the application period reopens, interested applicants must complete the application form which will be made available on our website and email it to the scholarship committee chair at [email protected]
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
Applicants must submit the completed application by email before the stated deadline. After reviewing all applications, the scholarship committee will select a short list of applicants to interview in person. The scholarship committee will make a recommendation to the SPSCA Board for approval and all applicants will be notified of the final results.
IS THE SCHOLARSHIP / STIPEND TAXABLE?
Yes, the scholarship is taxable and must be included when the scholar reports gross income on their tax return. Once awarded a scholarship, the SPSCA will need the scholar’s legal name, address and social security number. This information will be used to prepare an IRS Form 1099-MISC for the taxable amount of the scholarship for the calendar year in which the tuition is paid. The scholarship itself is tax free (excludable from gross income) ONLY IF: the individual is a candidate for a degree and the degree program accepts this course as meeting the requirements for the degree, and the scholar provides to SPSCA written documentation of the acceptance. If the stipend is used to pay for room and board and living expenses, it is always taxable - no exception.
ARE THERE ANY EXPECTATIONS OF SCHOLARS AFTER THEIR SCHOLARSHIP AND STUDIES ARE COMPLETED?
Yes. Scholarship recipients are expected to write up a short summary of their experiences to be included on the SPSCA website and potentially also to be included in the SPSCA newsletter. There is also an expectation that recipients will participate in activities or projects to support the SPSCA through: volunteering for SPSCA events, supporting one of our committees, and/or serving on the SPSCA Board.