In his life, he had a very heavy political career, that took up a lot of his time, but at the end of the day, he was most concerned about creating and spending time to be with his family. He too, like my grandmother, had his real name changed from Bartolomeo Eugeneo DePasquale, to Eugene DePasquale, but this did not bother him as much as it bothered her.

Though my grandfather was not bothered by the Americanization of his name or by the American way of life, he did keep many Italian traditions; and even though he never did learn to speak Italian, he had a hard time leaving some of his Italianness behind.

Every one's family history is different, and everyone has their own unique story about how and why they came to the United States, this fund is meant to help those:

  • Whose Families have lost their Italianness, their Italian Language, Culture, Heritage, and want to recapture their studies of their Italian History, Language and Culture, but cannot afford to do so on their own.

  • Italian Americans (of all ages) who want to the Italian language either here in Pittsburgh or in our Study Abroad in Italy program because they want to recapture their Italian History and Language, but cannot afford to do so on their own.

  • Children of Italians and Italian Americans (under 20 years of age) who want to learn the Italian Language in one of our After-school programs or one of our Adult programs, who are unable to afford to do so on their own)

If you would like to apply for this scholarship fund click here to open our application form.

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Is a scholarship fund in honor of my (Angela Hertz, M.A.) grandfather, who was a huge supporter of my learning the Italian language, Studying Abroad and living in Florence Italy, and my desire to recapture our families History. Though he was a quiet man, I spent many an hour talking with my grandmother and him about our family history, where we came from in Gamberale, Italy, and why our family came to the U.S.

My grandfather was born in the United States when both of his parents had already become American Citizens. So he technically lost his rights to Italian citizenship. My grandfather was not too worried about this loss, as much as my grandmother was, because he was perfectly satisfied with his life and opportunities in Pittsburgh. Once he saw Gamberale, on one of his 4 trips back to Italy, he knew that his family had done the right thing by coming to the land of opportunity.

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