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Nazareth’s Franca Mantisi Awarded Prestigious Dante Scholarship

Published October 12, 2017

Franca Mantisi has been honored by the Italian Women’s Civic Club (IWCC) of Rochester with the 2017 Dante Scholarship. Mantisi, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is a Visual Communication and Design major who has a passion for the visual arts.

The Dante Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1921 to assist college students with Italian heritage in paying for higher education. The scholarship is named after Dante Alighieri, a famous Italian poet of world literature. The IWCC is an organization that was organized in 1919 for the empowerment of women and their full participation in the community. It was created to join together civic-minded women and educate women voters in citizenship.

The application for the Dante Scholarship requires applicants to portray how their Italian heritage has impacted them in and out of the classroom. The IWCC has awarded $600,000 through the scholarship fund since 2000.

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.