High School Renaissance Award

Description of the Award

The Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award is in its fifth year. The award was created in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District and Detroit Public Schools. The purpose of the program is to help eleventh grade students, in specially chosen inner city public high schools, strengthen their college applications and gain admittance to the universities of their choice. On July 4th the 2015 award recipients, eighteen students with four teacher chaperones, departed for Italy for the month of July.

The student winners are currently studying in Florence at the NYU campus, Villa la Pietra. During their stay they are visiting important Renaissance sites in Florence and nearby cities in Tuscany; they will also travel to Venice, Milan and Rome. The students will write their common application essays during their trip with teacher guidance, an important part of their college application process.

This award was featured in a front page story in The New York Times which included a photo of a rendition of Leonardo’s Last Supper reenacted by the students. The 2015 Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award includes nine participating schools.