Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Italian Undergraduate Awards

Eneria Ruggeri Memorial Award

Eneria Ruggeri (Rome, 1922-1989), was a passionate and refined connoisseur of Italian literature, art and cinema, with a specific interest in drama and poetry. She volunteered as a nurse during WWII and, together with her family, she helped hide Italian citizens of Jewish origin from the Nazis. During the liberation of Rome, she worked with the pro-Allied Resistance movement. This award is for students who have demonstrated a superior ability in their Italian classes as well as a clear passion for the study of Italian language and culture.

  • 2015 - Vianna Newman
  • 2014 - Adriana Giuliani, Frank Granger

Palmer-Brandon Prize

This prize is given annually by the College of Arts and Sciences to up to two outstanding third-year students whose majors are in the Humanities. It is a senior-year fellowship and represents the largest award granted by the College to students in this area of study.

  • 2014 - Vianna Newman

Mario & Katrina Vangeli Undergraduate Awards

The Vangeli Awards were established by Professor Edoardo Lèbano and his wife Mary Vangeli Lèbano in 1989 to honor the memory of Captain Mario G. Vangeli, of the US Navy, Mary's father. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and later attended MIT where he earned a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture. After a distinguished Navy career including service in WWII, he became European President of Raytheon International. As of 2003, the awards also honor the memory of his wife, Katrina Vangeli.

  • 2015 - Adam Leep
  • 2013 - Mary Katherine Vaughn
  • 2012 - Rena Kingery
  • 2011 - Robert Bradley Smith
  • 2010 - Stephen Hiller

Mary V. Lèbano Memorial Award

This award was established by Professor Edoardo Lèbano to honor the memory of his wife Mary Vangeli Lèbano, who died on September 8, 2007. Mary, who studied and lived in Italy for extended periods of time, loved Italian language and culture and nourished a sincere interest in the progress made by her husband's students. She would be happy to know that the accomplishments of deserving students of Italian are recognized through this award.

  • 2015 - Ian Bever
  • 2013 - Abigail Silbert
  • 2012 - Jessica Wehr
  • 2011 - Nicolas Perfetti
  • 2010 - Elizabeth Swanger

Carol Ann Brush Hofstadter Memorial Scholarship

Carol Brush studied Italian and art history at Indiana University and in 1977 spent a summer in Bologna, Italy, through an IU exchange program. She adored Italy——its people, its culture, and its language——and nine years later returned there for the summer with her husband, IU professor Douglas Hofstadter. One day while dining in a Roman restaurant, they randomly ran into Edoardo Lèbano, Carol's favorite Italian professor, and had a great reunion. In 1993, motivated by their shared love for Italy, Carol and Doug chose to spend Doug's sabbatical year in Trento with their two young children, Danny and Monica, but after just three months there, Carol died very unexpectedly. Despite the tragedy, Doug and the children remained in Trento for the rest of the sabbatical year and as a consequence, Danny and Monica became fluent in Italian, —a gift from their mother. In the wake of Carol's death, her family and friends created a scholarship in her memory, so that more students could discover Bologna and learn to love it as she did.

  • 2015 - Jacob Schmaltz, Mitchell Sigmund
  • 2014 - Emily Ellis, Rebecca Nash
  • 2013 - Blake Steiner, Naama Levy
  • 2012 - Margaret Uland, Kelsey Pepmeier, Brandon-Lee Dayton
  • 2011 - Nicolas Perrino, Sabrina Russello

Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society

Gamma Kappa Alpha acknowledges superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture, and is the only National Italian Honor Society in the United States and Canada.

  • 2015 - Ian Bever, Halle Hill, Vianna Newman, Mitchell Sigmund, Kara Tullman, Nadia Zunarelli
  • 2014 - Erika Fisher, Meaghan Rigali, Alexandra Utter, Daniel Watts
  • 2013 - Susan Swanson
  • 2012 - Joseph Barnes, Mary Gazdziak, Nathan O'Connor, Rachel Schrage, Mary Vaughn
  • 2011 - Eva DeBoni, Michael Lockard, Samuel J. Park, Chaise Yarling
  • 2010 - Courtnie Clemens, Stephen Hiller, Mariella Stie, Mariela Colindres Garcia