Archive for November 28, 2015

UNICO National combats negative prejudice and discrimination against Italian Americans through its Anti-Bias committee. The true leadership of UNICO National in combating negative sterotypes has been through higher education, an endeavor supported by Frank Lollino Jr. In 1986 UNICO supported the creation of the first academic Chair of Modern Italian History at the University of Connecticut. Arduous fund raising and consistent determination resulted in the successful $1 million goal in 1992, and Professor John Davis became the first Noether Chair in Modern Italian History.

Frank Lollino Jr

Frank Lollino Jr

Seton Hall added its first Italian Studies Chair in 1998 with the help of UNICO National. The New Jersey membership of UNICO enthusiastically created an endowment for an Italian Library Collection. In 1994 a third chair campaign was launched, resulting in the first Graziadio Chair for Italian Studies at California State University in Long Beach. Accompanying the Graziadio Chair effort was the first Fellowship endowment for Italian-American History, a point of pride for Frank Lollino Jr. In 1998 the Brookhaven, New York Chapter began its campaign for a Chair in Italian Studies at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. Work for the Chair at Montclair State University began in 2001.

Frank Lollino Jr. has felt honored and proud to work with UNICO National in these charitable efforts, both past and future. Through education endowments and scholarships, the original visions of founders Vastola and Rizzuto to raise awareness of Italian Americans and end discrimination are being met. Over 15 scholarships are granted by the Foundation each year for those who wish to study medicine, history and archaeology, science, music, nursing and post graduate academics. Undergraduate study scholarships are also part of the scholarship grants.