Degree Seeking Scholarships and Financial Aid

Secchia Scholars Program at John Cabot University

The Secchia Family Foundation's Secchia Scholars program awards partial tuition scholarships each year to qualifying students. The five types of Secchia Scholarships are available to degree-seeking and/or study abroad students applying to JCU. Secchia Scholarships are awarded for one semester or one year (semester recipients may reapply for a second semester award).

Recipients are limited to one type of "Secchia Scholarship" per semester.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Norman R. Peterson Scholarship

A partial tuition scholarship of $5,000 for study at John Cabot University is made possible through the generosity of Ambassador and Mrs. Peter Secchia in memory of Mrs. Secchia's late father, Mr. Norman Peterson.

Two scholarships are awarded annually to an Italian-American, U.S. based student (undergraduate or graduate) at John Cabot University. This student must be originally from the Midwest and have a GPA of 3.5 (or the equivalent) or higher. The financial award allows you to be classified as a "Secchia Scholar" with an additional tuition reduction of 15%.

Recipients are selected by the National Italian-American Foundation, 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, USA. Telephone: 202/387-0600 Fax: 202/387-0800.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. To apply online, visit the NIAF website.

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSIA) Pietro Secchia Scholarship

This scholarship is granted to qualified Italian-American visiting students for one semester or one academic year at John Cabot University in Rome. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and your desire to further your knowledge of Italian heritage. Scholarships for a summer session may also be awarded. The financial award allows you to be classified as a "Secchia Scholar" with an additional tuition reduction of 15%. Preference will be given to students who live or study in the Midwest.

The scholarships are funded by the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Family Foundation, and recipients are selected by the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, 219 E Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, USA. 

The deadline to apply is March 12, 2018. Download an OSIA Pietro Secchia Scholarship application. The recipient will be notified by email in mid-April, 2018.

Western Michigan "Secchia Scholars II" Scholarship

A maximum of five $3,500 Secchia Scholarships will be awarded in any regular semester. The award allows you to be classified as a "Secchia Scholar" with an addition tuition reduction of 15%. 

This scholarship is open to you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a resident of and voter in Western Michigan. One scholarship, the "Don Lubbers Scholarship at GVSU," is dedicated exclusively to a student from Grand Valley State University applying to John Cabot University as a degree-seeking student or as a study abroad student attending for one semester;
  • You are a student at JCU majoring in Business Administration or International Affairs. Study abroad applicants must have declared one of the following majors at their home institution as their field of study: accounting, business administration, economics, managerial science (all areas), mathematics, computer science, engineering or fields of study related to business and/or economics.

The deadline to apply is March 15 for fall semesters, and October 15 for spring semesters. Download a Western Michigan "Secchia Scholars II" Scholarship application.

Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFP) Scholarship

Two scholarships – $10,000 annually (for two semesters) – are available solely for family members of Universal Forest Products employees who have a minimum of 12 months' seniority. Recipients are also eligible for a 15% reduction of the current JCU tuition fee. Children (biological or legally adopted) of full-time UFP employees (including those of any wholly owned subsidiary) who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

Applicants must be under age 25 and have completed a minimum of one year of education at a two- or four-year college or university in the United States. Note: Children of UFP Officers may apply but will not be considered for scholarship selection if there are more applicants than scholarships available.

The deadline to apply is June 1 for fall semesters, November 15 for spring semesters, and March 1 for summer sessions. Download a Universal Forest Products (UFP) Secchia Scholarship application.

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids Business Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Grand Rapids Economic Club and is available to a qualifying Western Michigan student to attend a study abroad program. If you choose to study at John Cabot University, you may also apply for the "Secchia Scholars" award and receive a discount of 15% of the John Cabot tuition.

Recipients are selected by the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, 220 Lyon Street NW, Suite 220, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA. Telephone: 616/454-1883 Fax: 616/454-5646 Email: [email protected]

The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2018. To apply online, visit the Economic Club website.