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Two Fisher Students Awarded Italian Women’s Civic Club Scholarship

January 22, 2020

Two St. John Fisher College students—Christopher Coriddi ’21 and Giovanni Magliocchetti ’20 (Pharm.D.)—were named recipients of the Italian Women’s Civic Club (IWCC) Dante Scholarship Award.

Christopher Coriddi ’21 and Giovanni Magliocchetti ’20 (Pharm.D.)

Coriddi and Magliocchetti were among six local college students to receive the award, which recognizes academic achievement and promotes pride in Italian American heritage. The students were formally honored during an awards dinner held in November.

The club established the Dante Scholarship Fund in 1921 to assist young men and women of Italian heritage in pursuing a college education. The scholarship was named after the great Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, giving recognition to his passion for his literary talents. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000.

Coriddi is a junior majoring in economics and sustainability, with a minor in history. A native of Honeoye, New York, he is a Service Scholar and volunteers with the George Eastman House Garden and Greentopia, a nonprofit focused on sustainability in Rochester. At Fisher, he is involved in the Economics Club, Sustainability Club, and the Equestrian Club. He also serves as an EcoRep through the Center for Sustainability, educating fellow students on how to live more sustainably.

Magliochetti is currently in his final year of study in the doctoral program at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a clinical pharmacy career in the hospital setting. A native of Rochester, New York, and a member of a large family of Italian and Russian heritage, he hopes to find a position in the area to stay close to home and family.

The IWCC was established in 1919 to educate immigrant women on their newly acquired right to vote and assist them in assimilating into American life.  The mission of the Club has evolved over the years, and today focuses on supporting higher education opportunities for young adults of Italian ancestry. The Dante Scholarship Award is among the group’s many philanthropic efforts. Applicants for the scholarship must be full-time matriculated undergraduate or graduate students at area colleges and universities. Awards are based on criteria set by the IWCC committee and include academic achievement, extra- curricular activities, community service, and personal identification with Italian American heritage.