The Italian Heritage Association (IHA) of Long Island presented Stony Brook students Katherine Treubig and Mohanie Bhajan awards of $1,500 each on June 28, 2012, at a reception at the Center for Italian Studies. The awards will help defray the costs of their participation in the University’s Summer Study Program in Rome this July.
In May all candidates for Summer Study in Rome were notified about the application procedures for these awards. Treubig and Bhajan were chosen from a very competitive pool of 25 applicants.
Representatives from the IHA, President Jerry Licata and member Johanna Bederman, presented the checks for the students to William Arens, Dean of International Academic Programs, and Professor Mario Mignone, Director of the Summer in Rome Program. They said that making such awards is in keeping with the purpose of the IHA: to share, renew and enhance knowledge and love of Italian culture and heritage.
Study Abroad Advisor Jen Green, as chair of the selection committee, also announced that additional funds were being made available from another Center for Italian Studies scholarship source provided by the Marano-Ducarne Family of Old Field to recognize a runner-up, Wenting Chen, with a $500 award for program costs.