Dante Alighieri Society of Denver

"...for the tutelage and diffusion of the Italian Language and culture in the world."

Scholarship Information


On Sunday May 6, the annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon took place at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. The nearly  forty people in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to interact with our scholarship winners, a breathtaking violin performance from our music scholarship winner and a sumptuous meal. A heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to all who have contributed to the Dante Scholarship Fund.  This most important part of the Society could not continue without your support.

Rosanna Patrona-Aurand with music scholarship winner violinist Seth Bixler

Rosanna Patrona-Aurand with music scholarship winner violinist Seth Bixler

Performance by Seth Pixler

Performance by Seth Pixler

Scholarship ceremony 2018

Our scholarship winners for 2018 are the following: Gian Aurand, from Metropolitan State University, received the Giulio Marcantonio memorial scholarship and will be going to the University of Torino. Rebecca Leyva-Hernandez, from  Metropolitan State University, will be studying at The Lorenzo de’ Medici International Institute in Florence, Italy. Seth Bixler, from the University of Colorado in Boulder, received the Vincent and Gay Taglialavore scholarship and will attend the Siena International Music Program.  Grazie to chairpersons John Giardino and Rosanna Patrona-Aurand, and the scholarship committee.

John G, academic scholarship winner
John Giardino with academic scholarship winner Rebecca Leyva-Hernandez and Gian Aurand

The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver annually awards scholarships to deserving college students to advance their study of Italian language, music, and art in Italy.

Scholarship applications for 2018 are closed.

For any additional information, contact Dr. John Giardino, Chair of the Scholarship Committee.


The Board of Directors of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver wishes to thank the following individuals who generously contributed to the 2017 Scholarships as of April 30, 2017.

Joe  Adducci

Domenic & Christine  Antista

James  Brunetti

Vera  Buffaloe

Ray & Corrine  Bush

Idamae  Casagranda

Richard  Cerrone

Mario & Anna  Coringrato

Mary Jane  Cortese

Christy  De Voy

Joanna  Esposito

Suzanne  Fasing

Margaret  Foderaro

Ed & Jill  Fox

Lucille  Gasner

Frank & Mary  Giardino

Frank W  Giardino

John & Erin  Giardino

Veronica  Goodrich

Gasper & Phyllis  Graziano

Leonard & Joanne  Guida

Susan  Gurule

Joe & Carol  Holeman

Rhonda  Hopkins

John & Nina  Incampo

Marie  Junta

Vic & Nadine  Kline

Brian  Landy

Virginia  Linkus Schelling

George  Linn

Phyllis  Lombardi Kommert

Juliet  Mann

Camilla  Marcantonio

Pamela & Gianfranco  Marcantonio

Carol  Marsala

Joseph  Mauro

Katherine  Millett

Leslie  Minor

Dmitry  Nechitaylenko

Ted & Gina  Oldenburg



Patricia  Paul

Lisa  Prassack

Elena Q.  Ramer

Mary  Rome

John & Ami  Sadler

Antonio & Susanna  Salurini

Jim  Scalmanini

Angelina  Sether

Rosalie  Spicola

Mary    Symonton

Vincent & Gay  Taglialavore Vince & Gay

Barbara  Tinucci

Roberta & Leonard  Waldbaum

Sherwin & Simone  Zalman


To these and anyone we may have inadvertently omitted, our sincere thanks for your generous contributions to the Scholarship Fund.

The Dante Board of Directors

2017 Academic and Music Scholarship recipients:


Pictured Left to right...

Madison Sleyster (CU Boulder), Celeste Landy (CU Boulder, Music), Rosanna Patrona Aurand (Music Chair), Denisse Romero (DU Taglialavore Scholarship)), Melissa Zinanti (Metro), Maisie Karlin (DU), Meghan Dulsky (Giulio Marcantonio Scholarship), President Veronica Goodrich, John Giardino Scholarship Chairman.


Pictured: Vincent and Gay Taglialavore with Denisse Romero.

2016 Scholarship Winners

2016 Academic and Music Scholarship recipients

Pres. Veronica Goodrich, Scholarship Committee Chair Dr. John Giardino, Josephine Carochi (Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver), Ansel Rothstein-Dowden (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), Jade Espina (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), Scholarship Committee Accompanist Rosanna Patrona-Aurand, Kayla Nanto (Univ. of Northern Colorado), Preston Adams (Univ. of Northern Colorado)

2016 Vince and Gay Taglialavore Scholarship recipient
Vince and Gay Taglialavore with Ansel Rothstein-Dowden


2016 Giulio Marcantonio Scholarship recipient

Camilla Marcantonio with Josephine Carochi


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