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UNICO ObjectivesTo promote and enhance the Image of Italian Americans; for members to be of service to the community; to promote Italian heritage and culture; to promote, support and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects; to promote members' interest in public welfare; and, to cooperate with others in civic, social and cultural development.

Today's News:

Press Release Concerning Columbus Statue in New York City

UNICO National President Thomas J. Vaughan Jr. Speaks Out in Opposition of Removing Christopher Columbus statue from Columbus Circle in NYC.

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Aug. 24, 2017 – Thomas J. Vaughan Jr., President of UNICO National, released the following statement regarding this issue:

“Columbus represents the contributions that Italians and Italian-Americans have made to make our country great. Applying 21st century morality to 15th century standards is not fair to anyone, let alone someone whose feat of connecting Europe to the Americas advanced civilization as we know it.

“As President of UNICO National, an Italian-American service organization that raises and contributes millions of dollars annually to people of all ethnicity and races, I find it disturbing that Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day are being singled out for revisionist history which seeks to tarnish this great achievement. As Italian-Americans we embrace our culture and heritage and look to preserve it. Let us embrace and learn from our history, not bury it.”

 Upcoming Dates for 2017

September 17, 2017: New Jersey District XI "Jimmy V" Bocce Tournament

September 24, 2017:  Basilone Parade in Raritan, New Jersey

September 28, 2017: Basic Conversational Italian Class begins at the National Office, Fairfield, NJ at 7:30 PM Registration Form

October 8, 2017: Seaside Heights, New Jersey Columbus Day Parade

October 9, 2017: Columbus Day - Click on link to view all the parade information in NYC and around the country.

October 24, 2017: Save the Date! Meet the President at The Venetian, Garfield New Jersey

October 27 - 28, 2017: It's the Eastern Regional in Providence, Rhode Island - Hotel Form and Registration Form       

Please do not forget to view all the wonderful events happening in our Chapters and Districts around the country! Click on the Calendar of Events tab.         


The Scholarship Committee proudly presents the recipients of our 2017 UNICO National Awards:

Major Don S. Gentile Memorial Scholarship

John George Yager

Sponsored by Orange/West Orange NJ Chapter, Judged in New York

William C. Davini Memorial Scholarship

Nicole Marie Margiotta

Sponsored by Greater Ramsey Chapter and NJ District IX, Judged in Wisconsin

Alphonse A. Miele Memorial Scholarship

Anthony Joseph Guzzo

Sponsored by the National Office for Pennsylvania, Judged in Florida

Theodore Mazza Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Eileen Bsales

Sponsored by Bloomfield, NJ Chapter, Judged in New Jersey

Sgt. John Basilone Graduate Scholarship

Gina Maria Morgese

Sponsored by Carbondale, PA Chapter, Judged in New Jersey


Dr. Benjamin J. Cottone Memorial Scholarship

Cara Ann Cama

Sponsored by the National Office for Connecticut, Judged in Pennsylvania


Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships

Jenna N. Angelucci

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Taharah Jannah Davis

Sponsored by Bethlehem, PA Chapter

Hillary Michelle Delin

Sponsored by National Office for California

Stephanie Marie Gonnella

Sponsored by Orange/West Orange, NJ Chapter

Chana A. Greenblatt

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Kristin Rodriguez

Sponsored by the National Office for Missouri

Jessica Susan Shachat

Sponsored by Bridgeport, CT Chapter

Justin G. Tsai

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Ridhi D. Vakharia

Sponsored by the National Office for New York

Hannah Joy Zettlemoyer

Sponsored by Bethlehem, PA Chapter

Judged in Pennsylvania


DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship

Nicolette Guida

Sponsored by Orange/West Orange, NJ Chapter

Luigi Carmelo Siligato

Sponsored by Memphis, TN Chapter

Honorable Mention in Remembrance of Bernie Brutto

Sophia Polifonte

Sponsored by NJ District XI

Stephanie Saggiomo

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey  

Judged in Illinois


Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship

Paulina Borowski

Sponsored by the National Office for Texas

Nikki Romaglia

Sponsored by Paramus, NJ Chapter

Judged in Missouri


Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship

Alexa Nicole Bufi

Sponsored by Saddle Brook, NJ Chapter

Bryan DeMarcy

Sponsored by the National Office for Pennsylvania

Judged in New Jersey


Louise Torraco Memorial Scholarship for Science

Alea Christine Delmastro

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Megan V. Paternoster

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Judged in Pennsylvania


Ralph J. Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship

Dominique Janee Guilford

Sponsored by Waterbury, CT Chapter

Desmond Montoya

Sponsored by the National Office for Tennessee

Judged in Pennsylvania


Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies

Domenic Setaro

Sponsored by Waterbury, CT Chapter

Judged in Delaware


Guglielmo Marconi Engineering Scholarship

Nicolina Rae Lamberti

Sponsored by Waterbury, CT Chapter

Judged in California


Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship

Christopher Joseph Robitaille

Sponsored by Greater Hartford, CT Chapter

Judged in Delaware