Coccia Foundation Appoints a New Student Liaison Michael Grillo, a former AMICI student, was named "Student Liaison" to the AMICI della Cultura Italiana, a student group under the umbrella of Coccia Foundation, for the 2012-2013 school year. Michael, a 2008 graduate of Rutgers University, is currently teaching Italian at Whippany Park High School. More information will follow.
Annual Sponsored Scholarships Coccia Foundation presently has seven sponsored scholarships, supported by families who recognize the importance of the preservation of the Italian heritage at the benefactor's choice. These scholarships were designed to promote higher and continuing education among emerging adults. If you would like to sponsor a scholarship,please contact Coccia Foundation at (201) 712-1010.
"Passing the Torch" to future generations:
Drew University Sponsor: Paragano Family Foundation
Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison Campus Sponsor: The Bimonte Family
Montclair State University Sponsor: The Marie Manzetti Memorial Award
Rutgers University Sponsor: J & C Coccia Memorial Sponsor: A & A Soriano Memorial
Seton Hall University South Orange Campus Sponsor: The Nicastro Family
The Foundation's Vision The Coccia Foundation will be known and recognized as a premier supporter through programmatic partnerships with educational institutions, students, emerging adults, Italian Student Organizations, Italian and Italian-American organizations nation-wide. ______________________________
ITALMANIA Click start to listen to the Coccia Foundation anthem, which is dedicated to Joseph Coccia, Sr., who arrived in the United States in 1920 (from Perugia) at the age of 17…alone. Click here for the lyrics.
ELISA COCCIA NAMED COCCIA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
In demonstrating first hand the mission of Coccia Foundation, Cavaliere Joseph Coccia Jr., founder, surprised everyone at the 11th Annual Italian Studies Grand Cocktail Reception, held on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, by "passing the torch" to Elisa Coccia, his daughter.
Elisa has been involved as Vice President for the past six years and has been very active in pursuing the vision and mission of the founders.
Cavaliere Coccia stated that while some things may change, he is confident that "there is no mountain that Elisa cannot climb. "
Both Elda and Joseph Coccia are certain that Elisa will continue their legacy and make them proud.
Serving as the family representative Board member on the Advisory Board of Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, we are pleased that Elisa is being honored by The Columbian Foundation on October 20th, 2012 with the Presidential Award