CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Program

In 2002, CIBPA Ottawa established a scholarship program. The scholarship program was created to promote and assist with access to post-secondary studies for students of Italian-Canadian heritage who reside in Ontario. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and community involvement.

Since its inception more than $20,000 has been awarded to deserving and ambitious Italian-Canadian students. An awards ceremony is held annually in November featuring a traditional Italian dinner followed by a guest speaker and the presentation of the awards to the students.

Candidate Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Academic merit
  • Community involvement
  • Pursuing post-secondary education
  • Italian decent
  • Ontario resident

How to Apply

Candidates must complete the Scholarship Application Form (in Adobe PDF format).

In order to be considered by the Scholarship Selection Committee, a candidate, in addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, must:

  • Answer all the questions on the Scholarship Application Form and submit the accompanying documentation on or prior to the application deadline.
  • Enclose the following documentation with the completed application form:

  • * An official copy of the most recent transcript/report card OR
    * A certificate of admission as proof that the student has been officially accepted for full time studies at a recognized university or college for the school year for which this application is made.

Applications for the awards must be received on or before October 31

Students can send completed applications by mail to:

Villa Marconi - CIBPA
1026 Baseline Rd,
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 0A6

or apply via email send to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our Goal

CIBPA Ottawa has initiated a capital fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 over four years (2006 to 2010) for the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Program. The funds will be invested to generate yearly scholarships for Italian-Canadian students and ensure a lasting legacy for the scholarship program, CIBPA Ottawa and the city’s Italian-Canadian community.

A gift to the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity to young people. Your generosity gives our sons and daughters a chance to open their minds and encourages them to challenge the status quo. It turns today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

Rita Celli, Honorary Fundraising Campaign Chair

Rita Celli is a graduate of Carleton University School of Journalism. She began her on-air career with CBC Radio in Sudbury before moving to CBC Ottawa (Radio) in 1994. In 2001 Rita became Ottawa host for CBC News, Canada Now, and its later incarnation, CBCNews at Six. She was named host of Ottawa Today in early September 2006.

Rita is a hands-on journalist with keen editorial judgment. She has covered every aspect of news, from documentaries to town hall meetings to spot reports. She is a two-time winner of investigative awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists.

“I am delighted to be part of the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship campaign. My Italian heritage is so important to me, and so is education. I am pleased to be part of something that supports young Italian students and their families. Italians are well known for their love and commitment to family. This campaign is a commitment we make to our larger Italian family. We can take our inspiration from our parents and grandparents, and fearlessly build the future. It is with courage and vision that we will make a difference."

The CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Fundraising Campaign steering committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Michael Aquilino,
  • Gino Milito,
  • Joe Montuoro,
  • Marcello Pecora

CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Awards

    CIBPA Members Award
  • Awarded annually
  • Contributed by CIPBA members, individuals, businesses
  • Tutor, Teacher, Professor, Dean donor levels - $25 to $999 annual donation
    CIBPA Founders Award
  • Awarded annually
  • Contributed by CIPBA members, individuals, businesses
  • President donor level – minimum $1,000 annual donation
    CIBPA Business Founder Award
  • Awarded annually
  • Contributed by corporate donors
  • Chancellor donor level – minimum $1,500 annual donation


Thank you for considering a gift to the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Award.
Gifts to the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Award will support an Italian-Canadian student to achieve their academic and personal goals.

We need to prepare our students for positions of leadership in the arts and culture, in business and industry, in public life, and in professions such as engineering, law and medicine. You can ensure that future generations of Italian-Canadians achieve their potential, for themselves, their families and the future of our community.

How can I make my gift?

    You have many options available to make your contribution fit your needs and preferences:
  • Credit card
  • Cheque
  • Pre-authorized monthly credit car or bank debit
  • On-line donation

CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Award respects the privacy of its donors and keeps your personal information strictly confidential. We do not share our donor list.

Donation Form

Scholarship Donation Form(in Adobe PDF format)

Our Supporters

The generosity of our supporters allows Italian-Canadian students to stay at the head of the class. Each donation helps a student reach convocation.

Tutor – minimum $25/year
Teacher – minimum $100/year
Professor – minimum $250/year
Dean – minimum $500/year
President – minimum $1,000/year
Chancellor – minimum $1,500/year

(donor names to be listed in their donation category)

Benefits of Contributing

As a contributor to the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship you have the opportunity to:

Benefit Italian student and their families
Average tuition fees in Ontario are $4,600/year – plus the cost of books and living expenses – total costs can reach $12K to $15K / year x 3 or 4 years

The scholarships help to reinforce a sense of heritage and culture – young Italian students will know they have the support of their ethnic community.

Being part of the CIBPA scholarship campaign is our commitment to our larger Italian family and the future of our culture and heritage in the city.

You will be recognized as someone who supports the Italian community and cares enough to contribute your personal time and energy to a good cause.

It is an important initiative that will be a lasting contribution to the city.

It’s a shared initiative with other CIBPA members.

It provides you with the opportunity to make a difference.


Culinary Delights
09-25-2014 06:00 PM
Villa Marconi
CIBPA Scholarship Dinner
11-13-2014 12:00 PM
Villa Marconi
Pub Night
11-25-2014 12:00 AM
Pub Italia
CIBPA Christmas Party
12-19-2014 12:00 AM
Tudor Hall