The Momentum Campaign

In December 2020, AUR launched the Momentum campaign to address the many challenges that Covid-19 presented. Thanks to the contributions of our donors and the tireless work of our staff and faculty, we were able to guarantee AUR’s trademark educational experience while keeping the campus as safe as possible from Covid-19. 

In order to fully realize the bright future that we envision for AUR, it is important that we keep the Momentum campaign moving forward until its closing date of June 30th, 2021.

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The AUR Annual Fund (area of greatest need)

Building a solid annual fund is key not only to AUR’s financial stability but also to supporting our efforts to build a culture of philanthropy among our community. Gifts to the Annual Fund will be directed to the areas of greatest need, allowing AUR the flexibility to tackle challenges head-on as they arise and respond to the changing needs of our students.

Faculty and Program Development

Donations designated for this fund will provide faculty and staff with the means to develop curricular and co-curricular initiatives aimed at the University's growth and sustainability. By supporting this fund, you help us to provide professorships, internships for students, academic lectures and field trips, and more.

The James Walston Fund

Within this area of support is the James Walston Fund, launched by alumnae Sallie Pisch (International Relations, 2010) and Caitlin Bagby (International Relations, 2009) in May 2014 following the premature passing of Professor James Walston. Walston taught at AUR for a quarter of a century and was one of its most beloved professors, providing his students with fascinating classes and real-world experiences, always combined with habitually gentle wisdom. This fund supports initiatives in his memory, including student support, travel, and lectures.


Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund

In a world facing an unprecedented number of ideological, political, and humanitarian crises, educational institutions have a vital role to play in helping to realize the hopes for a better tomorrow. With awareness and appreciation of the power of education in shaping a brighter future for the next generation, The American University of Rome (AUR) is dedicated to developing initiatives that directly address the global migration crisis, of which Italy is one of the most affected countries.

The American University of Rome’s Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 with the objective of providing an American education to young men and women from conflict-torn countries around the world. Together with award-winning journalist, author, foreign policy analyst and AUR Visiting Professor Rula Jebreal, AUR successfully launched the program. Ms. Jebreal’s invaluable collaboration has since grown to provide support for seven students from Syria, Swaziland, and Egypt.

The Rula Jebreal Scholarship Fund supports students from conflict-torn countries by offering full tuition, housing, and academic resources. Based on students’ needs and availability of funds, scholarships can also include psychological support and a moderate monthly living stipend. Scholarship recipients receive funding for their full academic career at AUR and are not required to re-apply for the scholarship each year.

AUR shares with Ms. Jebreal a dedication to providing young people with life-changing opportunities through education. Her energy and commitment to this scholarship initiative are rooted in her own personal experience of being “saved by a scholarship” as a young woman. Rula states: “I always felt […] an obligation to extend that same opportunity to others”.  Her leadership, along with the generous support of committed donors, have helped make a difference in the lives of the students who have received funding for their academic careers at AUR.

Richard Hodges Presidential Scholars Fund

The Fund will support tuition and housing, based on need, for the duration of the student’s academic career. Scholarships will be awarded and/or renewed each year based on student eligibility, demand and availability of funds. Presidential Scholars must demonstrate and maintain excellent academic standing (3.5 GPA or higher), exhibit an inquisitive character, and play an active role within the AUR community.

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations, and once again, Italy is at the center of history.  AUR’s opportunity is to prepare students to be skilled, independent and international citizens of a fast-changing interconnected world. Learning from the past and looking toward the future, AUR students graduate with the right combination of communication and critical thinking skills, hallmarks of the liberal arts education, which are essential attributes for resolving major global challenges of the present.
- Dr. Richard Hodges OBE

Italian Excellence Scholarship Fund

Since private American university education is a considerable financial commitment that not many Italian families can sustain, AUR has launched a scholarship fund that will support outstanding Italian students who wish to pursue an American education without having to leave Italy.

Emergency Relief Scholarship Fund

AUR understands that a student’s circumstances can change suddenly and drastically due to situations beyond their control. For this reason, AUR is creating a scholarship fund that will aid returning AUR students who find themselves faced with unforeseen adversities that jeopardize the continuation and completion of their studies. Dedicated to our students’ success, we work towards granting our students the necessary tools to successfully overcome academic, professional and personal “roadblocks”. Supporting AUR’s Emergency Relief Scholarship Fund not only helps us advance our institutional mission but also ensures that at-risk students are able to graduate with their peers upon completion of their studies.

Named scholarships 

AUR also offers named scholarship opportunities. Scholarships starting at $10,000 per year can be named by the donor (after themselves or in honor/memory of someone else). If you would like more information, please contact Federica Mazzarelli ( in the Development Office.

Current named scholarships include the Fletcher Memorial Bursary (for a qualified student from Palestine); the Michael D’Angelo Scholarship for Fine Arts; the Sons of Italy Scholarship and the Tiro A Segno Scholarship (both for qualified Italian-American Students). Additionally, several of our Refugee and Displaced scholarships are generously funded in their entirety through individual donations.

If you have any questions or wish to know more about giving opportunities, contact Federica Mazzarelli (  

The American University of Rome is registered as a not-for-profit organization in the United States, and is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.