Washington DC- This week, the Embassy of Italy hosted the Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC  Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation. Lorry Clavelli, the Scholarship Co-Chairman, organized an elegant affair with catering provided by Oro Pomodoro and a focus on celebrating the scholarship recipients. The club’s President, Philip F. Finelli, Jr., welcomed the attendees with an address, which was followed by Father Lydio Tomasi’s invocation.

Special guest speaker and the Embassy’s Ministro Plenipotenziario, Cristiano Maggipinto, explained the importance of this event in the context of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. Through the efforts of the Lido Civic Club of DC, NIAF, and the Embassy, high schools in the Washington metro area have seen a resurgence in registration for the Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture exam. Reinstated by the College Board effective May 2012, a passing grade on this test gives students college credit in the foreign language category. As Maggipinto noted, the best way to continue the Year of Italian Culture into 2014 and beyond is to promote the study of the Italian language in the present.

Finally, Scholarship Chairman, Lorry Clavelli and Investment Fund Chair Richard Ceccone, presented the award recipients with a total of $50,000 to be used for the undergraduate degrees. They were as follows:

-Kathryn Anastasi, a previous recipient, is a junior at Macalester College in Minnesota. She is studying American, Hispanic and Educational Studies.

-Martina Costagliola, a first generation Italian-American, will be a freshman at Swarthmore College. Also the winner of Lido’s First  Dominic F. Antonelli, Jr. Scholarship, she plans to use her background in creative writing as a unique perspective in her studies of Engineering.

-Tiziano D’Affuso is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studies Theater and Spanish.

-Natalie Eichner, another previous recipient of the award, is in her third year of study of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia.

-Daniel Evans, a previous recipient, is a rising sophomore at Lycoming College. He focuses on Criminal Justice and plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

-Amy Grudier will start at Cedarville University in Ohio this Fall, where she will study Nursing.

-Carlo St. Regis starts at the University of Maryland next semester. He plans to major in Engineering or Physics and minor in Business.

Thanks to the hard work of the Lido Civic Club, NIAF, and the donors, each student is on his or her way to getting a quality education. (Natilee Festa/Amico)



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