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Program enhancement

Centers that matter

Annual fund

The Fitzsimmons Scholarship for Women in Leadership

After dedicated service for over 24 years, Professor Kathleen Fitzsimmons stepped back from classroom teaching in May, 2022. One of AUR's best loved and most active professors, Fitzsimmons epitomizes AUR’s core values of teamwork & leadership, she has been a role model and inspiration throughout her time in the classroom.

To honor Professor Fitsimmons' enormous and enduring contribution to AUR, and to the impact she has had on the students she came into contact with, the university (with Professor Fitzsimmons' enthusiastic support) has launched a campaign to establish The Fitzsimmons Scholarship for Women in Leadership.


This scholarship will be one of the characterizing elements of the newly designed AUR Center for Women Leadership, a larger project aiming to prepare female students through research, mentorship, and experiential learning for lives and careers of purposeful, values-based, high-impact leadership.

Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund

The American University of Rome’s Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 with the objective of providing an American education to young men and women from conflict-torn countries around the world.


Conceived and led by award-winning journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst, Rula Jebreal, this scholarship has, to date, provided full support for seven students from Syria, Swaziland, and Egypt.

The Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund supports students from conflict-torn countries by offering full tuition, housing, and academic resources. Based on students’ needs and availability of funds, scholarships can also include psychological support and a moderate monthly living stipend.


Scholarship recipients receive funding for their full academic career at AUR and are not required to re-apply for the scholarship each year.

Presidential Scholars Fund

Established by President Emeritus, Dr. Richard Hodges, this fund supports tuition and housing, based on need, for the duration of the student’s academic career.


Scholarships are awarded and/or renewed each year based on student eligibility, demand, and availability of funds. Presidential Scholars must demonstrate and maintain excellent academic standing (3.5 GPA or higher), exhibit an inquisitive character, and play an active and contributory role within the AUR community.

Italian Excellence Scholarship Fund

American university education is a considerable financial commitment that, while highly desirable, many Italian families experience difficulty financially sustaining.


This scholarship fund is designed to support outstanding Italian students who have the commitment and drive to pursue a path that is distinct from their peers but for whom the financial outlay is proving impossible. 

AUR firmly believes that these young people will serve as catalysts for Italy's future and, as such, aims to support their success.

Emergency Relief Scholarship Fund

Any student’s circumstances can change suddenly due to situations beyond their control. AUR's Emergency Relief Scholarship Fund is designed to help those students who find themselves faced with unforeseen adversities that jeopardize the continuation and completion of their studies.


We provide our students with the necessary tools and funding to successfully overcome academic, professional, and personal “roadblocks”.


Supporting AUR’s Emergency Relief Scholarship Fund not only helps us advance our institutional mission but also ensures that at-risk students are able to graduate with their peers upon completion of their studies.

Academic Field Trip Scholarship Fund

Academic Field Trips are a way for students to challenge and express their ideas with professionals and subject experts. These encounters and exchanges shape students’ thoughts and attitudes towards their future lives and careers. As hands-on research and discovery experiences, field trips complement theoretical in-class discussions opening the minds and widening students' horizons, thus helping them become a community of engaged world citizens. 

Since fall 2021, every year for #GivingTuesday, AUR has run a fundraising campaign in support of AUR’s Academic Field Trip fund to enable students in financial need to experience AUR's essential academic field trips without causing them undue financial hardship. Over the years we have raised over 25000$ for this scholarship fund. 

Named Scholarship Opportunities

AUR offers named scholarship opportunities. Scholarships starting at $10,000 per year can be named by the donor (after themselves or in honor/memory of someone else). 

If you would like more information, please contact Federica Mazzarelli ( in the Development Office. 

Currently, named scholarships include the Fletcher Memorial Bursary (for a qualified student from Palestine); the Michael D’Angelo Scholarship for Fine Arts; the Sons of Italy Scholarship, the Irene Worth Fund for Young Artists Scholarship, and the Tiro A Segno Scholarship (both for qualified Italian-American Students).


Additionally, several of our Refugee and Displaced scholarships are generously funded in their entirety through individual donations. 

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