Scholarship Opportunities for 2025
Sentieri Italiani currently has four scholarships that are available annually. To apply for any one of them, you must submit a short essay of 100 words or less on the subjects indicated below. All applications must be received for review by December 31, 2024. All scholarships must be used towards a course during the school year of 2025. Please email your essays to email@example.com.
Thank you for helping Sentieri to honor and remember all who have had an impact on Daniela’s life.
The Lina Tonello Scholarship —
On September 27, 2009, Daniela Cavallero’s mother passed away. Lina Tonello was a woman who strongly encouraged Daniela throughout her life. This inspiration and support led Daniela to open the Italian school known to all of us as Sentieri Italiani. In 2009, to honor her mother’s memory, Daniela had instituted the first scholarship offered for an Italian course at Sentieri Italiani.
The upcoming scholarship’s requirements to apply are for a current or potential student to submit a brief essay of 100 words or less about his or her own mother (in Italian or English).
The Sara Leonard Scholarship —
Daniela met Sara Leonard many years ago when she was teaching at the Italian Cultural Institute. When Daniela left, Sara followed her to Sentieri Italiani. Sara was smart, witty, funny, caring. She loved Italy, its language and culture, and she LOVED Florence. In October of 2017, she suddenly became sick and passed away after a brief illness. In her honor, Sentieri established the Sara Leonard Scholarship — My Italy.
The requirements to apply are for a current or potential student to submit a brief essay of 100 words or less about his or her own Italy (in Italian or English).
The Celeste Martin Scholarship —
My Italian-American Family
Celeste Martin was a dear friend of Daniela’s, who passed away on August 11, 2019. Daniela never met a more gentle and generous person in her life! Celeste always had a smile on her face, no matter what was happening. Daniela will always treasure their moments together. In her honor, Sentieri has created the Celeste Martin Scholarship to be awarded to a female Italian-American student.
To apply for this scholarship, please submit a brief essay of 100 words or less (in Italian or English) about growing up in an Italian-American family.
The Luna Cavallero Scholarship —
My Pet, My Friend
Luna discreetly entered Daniela’s life in 2002. She was Daniela’s first pet and brought much joy into her life as a gentle, loving and loyal companion. Daniela often brought Luna to Sentieri, where she soon became a favorite presence. (Maybe more than Daniela herself?!) Luna understood Italian, even if she was too shy to speak it. Luna discreetly crossed over the rainbow bridge on August 17, 2020.
Congratulations to the following winners of Sentieri’s 2024 scholarships:
• Carolyn Moreland ~ Lina Tonello
• Lauren Newmark ~ Sara Leonard
• Gina Iaffaldano ~ Celeste Martin
• Angela Falcone ~ Luna Cavallero