Marco Saglimbeni from San Jose, Calif., has been awarded the 2014 Casola Prize from the Patrons of Italian Culture. Saglimbeni is a University Honors Program student pursuing a degree in biological sciences with a minor in Italian studies. He hopes to attend medical school in the future. A dedicated Chapman soccer player of Italian descent, he also plans to study abroad in Italy.
The Casola Prize is a scholarship that supports the study of the Italian language and the expansion of Italian culture, the publishing of books on Italian culture and history, and support for the Italian Cultural Institute and other local and national Italian American organizations. The Patrons of Italian Culture is a nonprofit California Corporation that sponsors extensive programs and activities emphasizing the many aspects of Italian culture and heritage.