The Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Endowment


Portrait of Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio

Through a generous donation of $1,000,000 from the late Amelia Gallucci-Cirio, Class of 1938, the Fitchburg State University Foundation has established an endowed fund to provide support for activities and projects that promote Mrs. Gallucci-Cirio’s long-held interest in the study of Italian language, culture, and Western Civilization.

Each year, net earnings produced by the endowment will be available to support projects which conform to the guidelines established by the endowment agreement. A selection committee comprised of the University’s chief academic officer, an Italian language faculty member, chair of the Department of Humanities, chair of the Center for Italian Culture Advisory Board, and the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, shall review all proposals and recommend finalists to the Fitchburg State University Foundation board of directors at their annual meeting in the fall.

Projects will be evaluated within the following general categories:

Primary Purpose

1. Educational materials: software, texts, movies, videos, or equipment that can support the study of Italian language, Italian culture, and/or Western Civilization in the classroom or other venue.

2. Study grants or scholarships for study in the U.S. or abroad: support for students or faculty to take classes in Italian language; support for faculty or students to pursue academic studies of Italian culture or Western Civilization; support for scholarly work in Italian Studies and Western Civilization; support for visiting professorships at Fitchburg State University; or supplemental funding for Italian language instruction at Fitchburg State University.

Secondary Purpose

1. Center for Italian Culture: support for programs or activities sponsored by CIC.

2. Cultural programs: support for cultural programs and activities related to Italian language and culture including, but not limited to, literature, art, and music.

Annually, applications are made available online and in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Announcement and Notification Schedule

October 15, 2021 - Proposals due

Proposals (MS Word) should be sent to Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 or via email to Joanne Rivard at or by fax at 978.665.4715.