Pozzi ’18 Awarded Coccia Foundation Scholarship
Gerard Pozzi ’18 has been awarded a Coccia Foundation Scholarship for study abroad in Italy. The Coccia Foundation was established in 1994 by Cavaliere Joseph Coccia, Jr., and his wife Elda. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Italian culture, with a particular emphasis on promoting the rich Italian cultural heritage among younger generations at the college level.
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
High School: The King and Low-Heywood Thomas School
Pozzi majors in environmental studies with a focus on food sustainability, and minors in biology. He intends to combine his passion for the Italian language and culture with his interdisciplinary concentration by studying at The Food and Sustainability Studies Program in Perugia, Italy, next fall.
He was also selected to be a member of the U.S. delegation to Terra Madre, Slow Food’s international conference. The conference will take place in Turin, Italy, September 22-26. According to its website, Terra Madre “brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity.”
Pozzi became involved with Slow Food Hamilton College as a first-year student and is currently co-president of the organization. He maintains a blog, Scrumptious Words, which initially had a culinary perspective but has evolved to discuss critical food-related issues facing our planet.
A Dean’s List student, Pozzi serves as president of Hamilton’s Italian Club, Gli Hamiltoniani—Amici della Cultura Italiana. He has served as a mentor with the Sidekicks Mentoring Program in Clinton and volunteers with iServe Mohawk Valley, working to help alleviate hunger in the area.