2023schwinnersOur Society held its annual Awards Luncheon on Sunday, May 7, 2023, and was proud to present scholarships to five outstanding university students who will be studying in Italy over the next year. This event is a highlight of the year’s activities and would not be possible without the support of all who have contributed to our Scholarship Fund. A special “thank you” goes to members of the Scholarship Committee and to our Board for their hard work and continued support to make this occasion memorable for all who attended.

Scholarship winners:

Chelsea Elliot from the University of Colorado Boulder was awarded the Giulio Marcantonio Memorial Scholarship to study in Florence in CU’s Global Seminar: Dante in Florence. She is admired for her devotion to the study of Italian and her positive outlook on life. Chelsea aspires to learn more about Dante Alighieri and why he can be found everywhere in Florence.

Madison Bryant from the University of Denver will use her Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship to study at John Cabot University in Rome. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for Italian culture at DU who always sets a positive example for other students. Her goal for study abroad is to deepen her perspective as a global citizen.


Aleimi Garcia-Briones from the University of Denver was awarded a Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship and will attend the University Studies Abroad Consortium in Torino. Her passion for Italian is evident in her course work and something she loves to share with her classmates. Aleimi believes that the opportunity to study abroad challenges you to be open-minded and live out of your comfort zone.


Rylee Patrick from the University of Denver and winner of a Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship, will study at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. She plans to combine her study of Italian and Sociology to examine the Italian approach to work-life balance, food and fashion. With a talent for languages, she loves to use Italian to communicate as often as she can.


Connor Villines from the University of Denver will use his Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship to study at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence in the summer and at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento in the fall. According to Connor, “Going to Italy is not just studying abroad but an opportunity to learn the thought process and lifestyle of a different culture.”