Samantha D'Angelo ’21 has been awarded a Coccia Foundation Scholarship for study in Italy. She is a physics major who plans to pursue her passions for Italian language and culture by studying in Taormina, Sicily, through the API Babilonia Institute Program this fall (2019).
D’Angelo started exploring her Italian roots during her first semester at Hamilton with a course called Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture – a course that sparked her curiosity for learning the language and more about the culture. She has been an active member of the Italian Club on campus, Gli Hamiltoniani Amici della Cultura Italiana.
Hometown: Pleasantville, N.Y.
High school: Pleasantville High School
At Hamilton she is a resident advisor and a first-year course mentor for Conquest of the Americas taught by Assistant Professor of History Mackenzie Cooley. She is a physics research lab assistant, a member of the Hamilton College Orchestra, a member of the Outing Club, marathon canoe racing team, and women’s club basketball team.
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.