Two San Dieguito Union High School District students – Mark Lindgren (pictured left) of Rancho Santa Fe and Matthew Orgera (pictured right) of Carlsbad – were awarded 2019 California Sons of Italy scholarships at the La Costa dei Fiori Lodge in Encinitas in May.

Mark received the Student to Italy Scholarship, and will be traveling to Siena, Italy this summer to study Italian language and culture. Matthew received the Lou Petrella Scholarship, a monetary award to use towards college tuition. Both scholarships are awarded to deserving high school seniors of Italian descent.

The Order Sons of Italy in America was initially founded to improve the lives of early Italian immigrants. Today, the organization offers scholarship grants, funded college aid and assistance programs, leadership in promoting more equitable immigration laws, and activity in civic and local governmental programs. Learn more at