Albert P. Vannucci Study Abroad Scholarship

Named for Pitt-Johnstown’s first director of International Studies, the Albert P. Vannucci Study Abroad Scholarship is a supplemental award offered each semester to students who have been accepted into a study abroad program. The scholarship was initially managed by the Social Sciences Division and was moved in 2005 to the Study Abroad Office who oversees it today.

Dr. Albert Vannucci was appointed as an assistant professor of Political Science at Pitt-Johnstown in 1985. Within five years he built an international studies certificate program from scratch and developed affiliations with study abroad and exchange programs with several colleges in Washington, D.C.  A large number of his advisees served substantive internships in Washington and went on to graduate programs and positions within the U.S. House and Senate. 

His greatest efforts were devoted to internationalizing the curriculum and student activities at Pitt-Johnstown.  He founded and directed the Student Council on World Affairs, a student organization that is still in existence today managed by the department of Social Sciences.  He also sponsored numerous internationally-themed presentations and secured numerous grants for curriculum development in international studies and foreign languages. 

Dr. Vannucci’s legacy greatly impacted undergraduate students during the seven years he was at Pitt-Johnstown. Often one of the most sought after instructors in the college, in 1995 he was named the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh.  In 1998 he received an Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship to work with students to develop foreign policy decision-making simulations which grew to the Model U.N. which continues today.

At the time of his untimely death in 1992 he was in the process of developing funding sources in the form of scholarships for students who planned to study abroad.  Since that time the Albert P. Vannucci Study Abroad Scholarship Fund was created and still operates today, supporting numerous students who have chosen to study abroad around the world. 

The award is based on the following criteria:

Purpose:  The Vannucci Award is intended as a supplemental award that pays out modest amounts which can help to partially defray the cost of air fare or travel preparations.

Eligibility: All Pitt-Johnstown students accepted to an approved study abroad program by the posted deadline during the fall, spring, or summer semesters are eligible. There is no application process.

Selection criteria:  Due to the competitive nature of the award, demonstrated financial need, academic performance and access to other scholarships are all criteria in the selection process.  From one to as many as eight awards are made annually.

Award process: The selection process takes place in the semester prior to study abroad and awards posted during the semester of the student’s study abroad program. Awards will be posted to the student’s Pitt PAY account through the Financial Aid Office.  Awardees will also be notified by e-mail as well as a letter sent to their permanent address.

Throughout the academic year the selection process and award process takes place as follows:


Deadline for acceptance into a program

Award determined by Study Abroad Office

Electronic notice and award letter sent to student

Award posted by Financial Aid to Pitt PAY account
(approximate dates)

Fall semester

April 10

April  20

April 30

August 15

Spring semester

October 10

October 20

October 30

December 26

Summer semester

February 10

February 20

February 28

April 26