For the school year 2020/21 the Fondazione Cologni, thanks to the invaluable support of the Fondazione Bracco, Fondazione Cecilia Gilardi and Nespresso, has founded six scholarships for deserving young people, in order to provide them with the economic security they need to complete their studies at a moment of difficulty for all. The Fondazione Cologni’s new project, ‘A School, a Job. Scholarships’, set up as part of the actions undertaken on behalf of the young with the aim of helping them receive a training in the field of the crafts, is intended to be a proactive response to a situation of need. A situation that has undoubtedly been exacerbated by the health emergency which has swept through our country and one of whose consequences has been the impoverishment of many families. The loss of educational opportunities stemming from the present situation runs the risk of depriving the many sectors of the arts and crafts of new lifeblood to an even greater extent than before, at a time when these occupations already faced an uncertain future. The young candidates have been identified through schools of arts and crafts scattered all over the country and will receive a grant covering the whole of the fees for the final year of their course over the period 2020/21. Once they have finished their studies, they will automatically be given access to the ‘A School, a Job. Training to Excellence’ programme for 2021/22, allowing them to take the Mini Master course and serve a subsequent 6-month apprenticeship in a workshop, under the guidance of expert artisans. The youngsters who have won the scholarship are:

Matteo Bilotta, from Cerro Maggiore (Milan), who will attend the course in footwear modelling and design at Arsutoria in Milan;

Sonia Rondinelli, from Rome, who will attend the course in theatrical costume-making at Labcostume in the same city;

Gaia Crotta, from Asolo (Treviso), who will attend the course in classical footwear modelling at the Politecnico Calzaturiero in Capriccio di Vigonza in the province of Padua;

Paola Rastelli Amato, from Teramo, who will attend the course in stone-setting at the Tarì Design School in Marcianise in the province of Caserta;

Antonio Dell’Aversana, from Naples, who will follow the course in modern bread-making at ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine at Colorno (Parma);

Manuela Bova, from Pieve Emanuele (Milan), who will attend the course in theatrical make-up and hairdressing at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan.