Helen DiPietra         Frank DiPietra        John V. Salierno

                                                           President                 Vice President         Attorney at Law.

                                                                                            ADVISORY BOARD

Claire Goodman                         Larry Banks                               Constance Halporn                                Charulata Dyal

Professor of Media Arts            Professor of Media Arts           Long Island University Alumna            Long Island University Alumna

Long Island University              Long island University              M.A. Multimedia                                      M.F.A. Creative Writing

                                                                                                         M.F.A. Photography                                M.F.A. Photography

                                                                                      Email: admin@wfdfound.com

       The William F. DiPietra Foundation awards grants to Media Arts students at Long Island University, Fordham University and Archbishop Molloy High School.  Tuition grants are awarded to graduates of St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy. William (Bill) DiPietra attended all of these schools.  This year the Foundation will also sponsor a juried photography exhibition at Long Island University in June 2020. See below for application guidelines.

Long Island University

William F. DiPietra Foundation Project Finishing Grants

Project Finishing grants of $1000 each will be awarded to three outstanding applicants.  Grant applications are open to all Media Arts graduate alumni and to current Media Arts graduate thesis project students,  Project must be of high quality and intended for public presentation.  Special consideration is given to those who demonstrate need, creativity and professional potential.  The application period is from Oct. 15th, 2019 to Feb. 15th, 2020.  Winners will be announced on March 15th, 2020.  Funds will be presented at the Media Arts Graduate Awards Reception in May of 2020.


William F. DiPietra Foundation Media Arts Discretionary Awards

Discretionary awards ($500 each) will be given to two graduating MA or MFA students for outstanding final defense and presentation of their thesis paper and/or production.  Winners will be announced on April 15th, 2020. Funds will be presented at the Media Arts Graduate Awards Reception in May of 2020.

Photography Exhibition

Submissions are open to all current LIU Brooklyn students (undergraduate, graduate) and Alumni who took a class in the Media Arts department.  We are celebrating the vast diversity of artistic talent that resides in our Brooklyn Campus.  The exhibition will be in the Salena Gallery for the month of June 2020.  Open reception date to come.  Click the PDF below for submission guidelines and meet our distinguished judges:





Fordham University

The Foundation presents awards ($1000 each) to two students in the Department of Communications and Media Studies and two students in the Visual Arts Department.  The recipients are chosen by the faculty.


Archbishop Molloy High School

The Foundation presents a $1000 award to a student who demonstrates a love of film and/or filmmaking.  The recipient is chosen by the faculty.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy

The Foundation presents tuition grants ($1000 each) to two graduating students who are attending Catholic high schools and demonstrate high levels of academic achievement.