HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The National Italian American Foundation promotes and preserves Italian culture in the United States, and one of the leaders of that organization happens to be a Connecticut native, Anita Bevacque McBride.
News 8 spoke with McBride via satellite about the organization, its mission, and her Connecticut roots.
“I was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and my family immigrated in the early 1900s,” McBride said. “[My] grandparents, aunts, uncles from Calabria.”
When asked about the lasting influence of Italian Americans in Connecticut, McBride said, “It’s a success story of immigrats, and I think that we can hold that up as an example of how they have assimilated, worked hard, contributed to the community they live in, how they have made a difference and are in leadership in every sector of society.”More Italian in Connecticut:
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There are different scholarship opportunities available from the NIAF. Some are very specific to the fields of study, but most are for students of Italian American descent, but students don’t have to speak Italian to qualify.
“That is not a requiremenet. We just want to foster that relationship between our country and Italy,” McBride said.
To learn more about the National Italian American Foundation, including information on student scholarships, visit them online at NIAF.org