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Congratulations JCCIA 2020 Scholarship Recipients!


On behalf of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, we are pleased to announce and congratulate the JCCIA 2020 Scholarship Recipients!


Mia Rumps is a 2020 recipient of the Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship offered through the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA). Mia is currently attending the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania majoring in rehabilitation science with a minor in Italian and Chemistry. Mia plans on attending medical school in the coming future to be a doctor, more specifically an orthopedic surgeon. Mia has been recognized on the Dean’s list for her academic achievements and involved in a social sorority and the Rehabiliation Science student organization.


Philip Sasso is a 2020 recipient of the Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship offered through the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA). Philip is currently attending Judson University majoring in music business/entrepreneurship. Philip is a musically talented individual who plays the piano and guitar. He plans on opening up his own recording studio and composing music. Philip also serves as a valuable volunteer at Casa Italia continuing to give back to his community.






Julianna Panko is a 2020 recipient of the Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship offered through the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA). Julianna is currently attending Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois majoring in nursing while earning high honors and recognition for her academics on the Dean’s List. Julianna is pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and eventually working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse with the hope of helping families bring their newborns home. She is passionate about health, wellness, and medical care and hopes to specialize in family medicine which will enable her to have a broader background in her field of work.



Elisabetta Bifero is the 2020 recipient of the Frank J. Vigilante Foundation Scholarship offered through the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA). Elisabetta graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a major in elementary education and communication studies. While at Marquette, Elisabetta was a high honors student and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is currently attending Concordia University where she is working on her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an English as a Second Language endorsement. Elisabetta was previously a member of the JCCIA Columbus Day Queen’s court and remains active in the JCCIA organization. Elisabetta currently teaches elementary education while strengthening her teaching skills through her education.


Learn more about the JCCIA Scholarships.

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