The IBC has remained committed to the ideals of cultural awareness and civic service upon which it was founded.  Each year the IBC  Foundation, a 501 (c) (3)  organization, provides scholarships for students of Italian heritage. 

In 2019, the foundation awarded 4 scholarships of $1750 each.  

Shown on the right are IBC Foundation Board Members: IBC Foundation: Claude Bonfiglio, George Spada, Fred Spada, Joe Cavalli, George LaFrazia. Missing from the photo  are Angela Zagarella and Virgil Caramello. 

IBC Foundation scholarship criteria

The applicant must complete an application and:

  1. Be accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, within or outside the State of Oregon, and     have agreed to attend (in the case of freshmen). In the case of upper class students, be enrolled in such an institution.
  2.  Submit official high school or college transcripts of attended classes through the month of December prior to the year the scholarship is awarded.
  3.  Have a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  4.  Be a resident of the State of Oregon and a United States citizen.
  5. Be of “Italian American” decent with at least one ancestor that can be certified to have emigrated from Italy.
  6. Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers of professors.
  7.  Submit a current resume outlining extracurricular activities, work experience and volunteer services.
  8. Submit a 500 to 750 work essay related to how the Italian language, culture or heritage has had an impact on the applicant’s life and values.
  9. Extra consideration will be given to an applicant who attests on the application that he or she is the first in his or her family to attend college.

10.  Former scholarship winners may apply in successive years if they continue to meet the criteria. 




Download Our Scholarship Application

Please download our 2020 Scholarship Application forms here. 

Application forms must be submitted by mail as part of the completed application prior to April 30, 2020. 

Please mail completed applications to:

 IBC Foundation:  attn: Claude Bonfiglio

955 Willamette Falls Dr 

West Linn, Or 97068

Please note that the above zip code is correct, not the one on the application

IBC 2020 application (pdf)



Claude Bonfiglio, George Spada, Fred Spada, Joe Cavalli, George LaFrazia.

The IBC Foundation Board

For 2019, the IBC Foundation had it's largest number of scholarship applications.  Narrowing down the outstanding field of applicants was difficult, so the board decided that there should be multiple recipients.  Finally, four students were  selected because of their incredible resumes. Each student will receive a $1750.00 towards their selected College or university. 

Pictured are Foundation Board members, Claude Bonfiglio, George Spada, Fred Spada, Joe Cavalli, George LaFrazia.  Board members missing from the photo  are Angela Zagarella and Virgil Caramello


Vincent Antonio Christenson

 Clackamas High School  senior  will be attending the University of Oregon 


Flora Abrams

 Cleveland High school senior will be attending the University of Washington 


Claire Marie Vecchio Abraham

 Jesuit High school senior will be attending the University of Portland 


Maria Stefani Smith


La Salle College Prep  senior  will be attending the University of Portland


IBC Foundation's 2017 and 2018 Scholarship Resipients


Rachel Lindquist, The IBC Foundation's 2018 recipient is a senior at Oregon State School of Education. Rachel is the granddaughter of George and Donna LaFrazia