The Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award is in its tenth year. The award was originally created in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, then expanded to 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. During the first week of July the award recipients, eighteen students with four chaperones, travel to Italy for the four weeks all-inclusive international trip.
The winners study in Florence at the New York University 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.