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CCF Scholarship Bios

Meet our Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

Meet Robert Dungan, dual CCF Scholarship recipient and current sophomore at the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

“The Columbus Citizens Foundation college scholarship has permitted me to pursue my educational passions and has helped shape the person I am today. I will be forever indebted to CCF for believing in me and supporting the next generation of Italian-American leaders.” 

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An accomplished student in the Italian Department at Holy Cross, Robert is the recipient of two CCF scholarships. He traveled to Rome in the summer of 2019 for an unforgettable opportunity to study abroad at John Cabot University and study art history as a recipient of the Adopt-A-Scholar scholarship, "CCF Guarini Scholarship."

Crediting CCF as an inspiration in continuing his Italian studies, Robert won the competitive Maurizio Vannicelli Prize. This prize is a Holy Cross Italian Studies department award and is typically awarded to a senior, but Robert was presented the award as a freshman for his excellent essay, written entirely in Italian, on “‚ÄčI Vespri Siciliani.” Realizing the importance of fostering a global community, Robert engages with his Italian heritage by being part of the Holy Cross Italian Club. As the president of the Italian Club he organizes and hosts Italian cultural events to help educate his peers on his heritage.

Growing up in New Jersey, family has always been important to Robert. He credits both his mother and his grandparents as being his greatest inspiration and in fact, it was his family that also introduced Robert to CCF and encouraged him to apply for a scholarship in his senior year of high school. Looking towards the future, Robert plans to pursue a career in international business, more specifically with a focus on European markets as he would like to incorporate his Italian language skills into his career. He also has intentions to pursue an MBA program in the future.

Congratulations, Robert on all of your successes and best of luck with your future endeavors! We here at CCF cannot wait to hear more from you in the future.

Meet Taylor Taglianetti, dual CCF Scholarship Recipient and graduating senior at NYU Tisch, New York, NY

“To be the recipient of any amount of money on good faith that it will be put to good use is so humbling, but then to know that I am one of nearly 700 students who are also receiving scholarships from CCF yearly, it’s unimaginable. I can’t think of any other foundation that gives out that many scholarships, and it just goes to show you how meaningful it is to be an Italian-American.” 

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Taylor hails from Brooklyn and is studying film and television at NYU with the goal of becoming a feature film producer. She is also a participant in the CCF Internship Program, which gives CCF scholarship students the chance to gain valuable work experience and learn from industry professionals.Taylor applied with CCF’s Internship Committee and was placed in a coveted role in the casting department of NBC, helping her see another side of the entertainment industry. 

Taylor made her debut short film, Generation Hollow, while still in high school. Produced by Reel Works, Generation Hollow was an Official Selection at the 2014 Girls Film Festival and the Juror’s Choice for Outstanding Filmmaking at the 2014 Women of African Descent Film Festival. Taylor also interned at two production companies, Maven Pictures and Silver Pictures, while in college. Feeling that Italian Americans were lacking a network in the entertainment industry, Taylor created The National Organization of Italian Americans in Film & Television (NOIAFT), with the mission to connect and empower Italian-Americans to achieve their goals in the film and television industries. NOIAFT’s social media is becoming the premier source for Italian and Italian-American entertainment news, and the organization is growing rapidly in size and scope.”

Taylor hopes to one day to launch her own production company or be a supplier of content to a major studio or streaming service. She’s passionate that stories can change the world and looks forward to combining her business and creative senses to give artists what they need to realize their visions. Always wanting to do more, and through her work at NOIAFT, Taylor promised herself that she would help Italian-Americans in the entertainment industry if she ever became successful in the business saying, “it’s the least I could do considering the impact the scholarship made on my life.”

Cheers to you, Taylor on all your success and we cannot wait to see one of your films in the future!

Meet Anthony Cerulli, CCF Scholarship Recipient and senior at Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, NY

“This scholarship has helped my family tremendously in not only paying for my high school experience, but also allowing for my sister to graduate Pace University this past spring. I look forward to continuing my academic career through the completion of my time at Xaverian High School this May with the help of the Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship, just as it has supported me for these past three years.”

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Maintaining a 94 GPA, taking AP classes, all while participating in multiple clubs and teams at a top Catholic high school is no small feat, but Anthony Cerulli takes pride in his various roles at Xaverian High School. Giving back is also important to Anthony. Through his work with Campus Ministry, he guides rising freshmen around the building through the “Clipper for a Day” program and volunteers at various school events throughout the year, including the annual open house.

Making the most of summer 2019, Anthony worked as a camp counselor for the summer program held at St. Finbar Catholic Church in Brooklyn, which is organized by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations and he completed an internship at Cine Magic Riverfront Studios in Brooklyn. Anthony’s post-high school goal is to pursue a degree in media and communications, so he plans to stay in New York City where there are a lot of opportunities for internships and other learning experiences within the field.

Crediting CCF with allowing him to attend Xaverian High School, Anthony was overjoyed to continue to learn in a Catholic school environment. Anthony says his faith has been vital, since it has set a foundation for his morals and values as a person. If it had not been for the CCF scholarship, Anthony believes that he would not have been able to gain an excellent faith-based education, nor have had so many amazing teachers as role models. He also feels that being in an environment that strengthens his passion in creating different forms of art is preparing him for college and the future. 

We look forward to hearing more from Anthony in the future and hopes he enjoys the rest of his senior year at Xaverian!