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Thanks to generous and dedicated alumni-benefactors, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) offers various awards exclusively for students currently enrolled in accredited, baccalaureate-granting U.S. institutions who will be studying abroad at the JFRC.

Scholarship applicants will be considered for all awards listed for which they may be eligible. Please keep in mind that a candidate will receive only one award from all those for which he or she is eligible. Scholarships are not automatic. All JFRC scholarships are competitive and need-based and, as funds are limited, not all applicants may receive an award.

Please note these eligibility requirements for each award.

The 2014-2015 Scholarship Application.

The usual procedure is to file the application form with the essay by the deadline and to submit the online biographical form only after notification that an applicant is a recipient. No award will actually be issued until the online JFRC Scholarship Recipient Biography Form has been submitted.

Loyola students, check out other study abroad scholarship opportunities here.

Window of submission

Applications for JFRC scholarships must be submitted only within the six-week window specified; any submitted earlier or later will not be considered.

Application WindowOpening Date for ApplicationsDeadline for ApplicationsNotification Date
for Spring 2015 Mon, Sep 22, 2014 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 (5:00 pm CDT) Fri, Dec 5, 2014
for Fall 2015 Wed, Apr 1, 2015 Fri, May 15, 2015 (5:00 pm CDT) Fri, Jun 19, 2015

All application materials should be sent to the following address

Loyola University Chicago, Rome Center Office
1032 West Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60660

The application form and essay should not be faxed nor sent via e-mail; materials sent by fax or e-mail will be disqualified. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all materials are received in the Chicago Office for the JFRC by 5:00 pm Central Time on the deadline date. Applications / essays received after the deadline will not be considered.

Visiting students

All scholarships are need-based; failure to have the need analysis form completed by your home institution will invalidate your application.

John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) Awards

The John P. and Mary K. Felice Scholarship

Fall / Spring

Alumni and friends of the JFRC recognize, through this endowment, the immeasurable contributions of the late John Paul Felice, founder and original director, and his widow, Mary Kate Felice. The Felice Scholarships provide financial relief for tuition and academic expenses.

Felice Scholarships (up to $2,500 each) are awarded both in Fall and in Spring. The award is a single-semester scholarship, and receipt of it in Fall semester does not guarantee receipt in a subsequent Spring term.

Eligibility: GPA of 3.2 or better at a student's current institution, financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA), and prior acceptance to the JFRC.

The Vogelheim Student Scholarship

Fall / Spring

Through the generosity of the Katie Vogelheim (JFRC alumna 1977-78), John Hansen, and the John and Kate Hansen Family Foundation, the Vogelheim Student Scholarships encourage students from all financial backgrounds to apply to study at the JFRC. The scholarship will help to ensure that the JFRC remains financially accessible to a diverse student population.

Vogelheim Student Scholarships vary in amount depending on whether the recipient is a semester or academic year student. Students enrolled at the JFRC for the full academic year will receive priority, although all eligible students will be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply. This award will provide financial relief for tuition and academic expenses.

Eligibility: Financial need (application on file with FAFSA) or qualification for need and prior acceptance to the JFRC.


The Carol T. Robbins Visiting Student Scholarship

Academic Year or Fall

Established by Carol Robbins (JFRC '64-'65), this scholarship is intended to make the JFRC more accessible to individuals from varied geographical, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, including non-Catholic schools. It awards $7,500 for an academic year, and a bit under half for a single term. The scholarship helps offset tuition and related academic charges; a portion may be used toward study trips while in Rome.

Eligibility: Visiting student (i.e., not from Loyola University Chicago) from any US college or university, financial need (application on file with FAFSA) or qualification for need, and prior acceptance to the JFRC.


The Anthony and Susan Brazier Piazza Scholarship

Fall / Spring

In an effort to encourage more students to attend the John Felice Rome Center and experience first hand this life-changing study abroad program, Susan (JFRC alumna Spring 63) and Anthony Piazza (JFRC alumnus 1962-63) have generously endowed a scholarship fund. The Anthony and Susan Brazier Piazza Scholarship Fund will provide partial scholarship to one or more students that attend the JFRC.

A scholarship (up to but not exceeding $5,000) will be awarded for a semester of study at the JFRC.

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA), and prior acceptance to the JFRC.


The Domenico Zipoli Scholarship

Fall / Spring

Established by Loyola's Board of Trustees in commemoration of the Baroque composer who entered the Society of Jesus in 1716 and had served as the organist at the Church of the Gesu in Rome the year prior, Zipoli scholarships range from $2,600 to $3,400 each, and are awarded for a semester of study at the JFRC.  

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA), and prior acceptance to the JFRC.


The Rotary One JFRC Scholarships

Fall / Spring

Rotary One scholarships are awards of $2,000 each, and are available to Fall, Spring, or Full Year students; there is no GPA requirement. Financial need is the priority, and scholarships may be awarded to any accepted student demonstrating need.

Eligibility: Financial need or qualification for need (application on file with FAFSA), and prior acceptance to the JFRC.


The JFRC Alumni Class Scholarships


To continue the legacy and transformational opportunities of the JFRC for future generations, several individual JFRC classes from the Center's first thirty academic years have generously contributed to create JFRC Alumni Class Scholarships. Recognizing the important impact a term or year at the JFRC had on their lives, through the Alumni Class Scholarships the JFRC alumni are proud to help provide students with the opportunity from which they themselves so greatly benefited.

Awards range from approximately $850 to $1,750 and are determined by need. This award will provide relief for tuition and related academic charges.

Many thanks to all the JFRC alumni who make these scholarships possible. Special thanks for the inaugural awards of Fall 2008 go to the alumni classes of 1965-66, 1966-67,1968-69, 1975-76, 1976-77.

Eligibility: Financial need (application on file with FAFSA) or qualification for need and prior acceptance to the JFRC.


Requirements for JFRC scholarship applications

Requirements for all JFRC scholarships

Please submit a single-page essay relating how you expect to take full advantage of your Rome Center experience and how this experience will advance your personal and career growth?

The essay should also focus on the following three aspects:

  1. What specific benefits you expect from your study at the JFRC.
  2. What impact this scholarship may have on your plans to study abroad.
  3. How your presence at the JFRC will enhance the campus community.

Include specifics as to how you plan to pay for your tuition, fees, room, board and other expenses while you are in Rome for a semester or year (will you use loans, other scholarships, money saved up, etc.?).

Finalists may be asked for a personal or telephone interview.

In order for a recipient to claim an award, the JFRC Scholarship Recipient Biography must be submitted online.

Note: Recipients of awards will be notified by e-mail on the notification date as to which award and the specific amount of the award they were offered. A recipient's filing of the above biographical form will be considered his or her acceptance of the scholarship or fellowship.

**By accepting any of these awards, a recipient agrees to provide general biographical information, digital photo of self, and a letter of thanks to the donor(s). Award recipients may also be featured in Loyola University Chicago and/or John Felice Rome Center publications. They additionally may be asked to write a brief reflection on their experience in Rome and to attend alumni and/or donor events. To submit a "thank-you" note directly to your benefactor via Donor Relations, please complete the JFRC Scholarship Recipient Biography online.*


Other Scholarships

ItaliaRail Study Abroad in Italy Scholarship

Fall / Spring

ItaliaRail strongly believes that world experience is a vital component to a complete education and encourages students studying abroad in Italy to apply for this prestigious award. ItalRail scholarships are awards of $1,000 each to be used for expenses related to academic experience in Italy.

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in second or third year undergraduate education program at a U.S. university or college.  Must have been accepted and confirmed participation in an Italian study abroad program.  A minimum cumulative GPA 3.0. Student must be on financial aid.

Application Requirements: Online application on ItaliaRail.com, copy of college transcripts, essay, resume with reference, and supporting financial aid documents.

This scholarship is separate from JFRC scholarships and thus has a different application process and requirements. Students are to apply for this scholarship directly at http://www.italiarail.com/scholarship



John Felice Rome Center · Sullivan Center for Student Services· 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
800.344.ROMA · rome@luc.edu

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