Though 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:
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Is a scholarship fund in honor of my (Angela Hertz, M.A.) grandmother, 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. I spent many an hour talking with my grandmother about our family history, where we came from in Gamberale, Italy, and why our family came to the U.S.
My grandmother was born in the United States 4 months after her parents had become American Citizens, and as a result she technically lost her rights to Italian citizenship, unlike her 5 siblings born before her. And even though everything about her was very Italian, including her Name: Giuseppina, and the language that she spoke, when she started Kindergarten, they stripped her of that as well, and she was forced to become Josephine.
My grandmother always hated the fact that her teachers changed her name, and did not allow her to be Italian, to speak Italian, nor to use her Italian name. She was forced to become 100% American, and to leave her Italianness behind her.