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 in June 2020. See below for application guidelines.

Long Island University

William F. DiPietra Project Finishing Grants

Winners have been announced and funds have been awarded to this year's grant recipients.  Winners were announced in March 2020.  

William F. DiPietra Media Arts Discretionary Awards

Discretionary awards ($250 each) have been awarded to six graduating MA and MFA students for outstanding final defense and presentation of their thesis paper and/or production.  Winners were announced in May 2020. 

Photography Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who submitted images for consideration. Submissions were 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 now be an online gallery hosted here at the William F. DiPietra Foundation website.  Winners were announced on May 15th, 2020 and the exhibition will go live on June 7th, 2020. We are looking forward to many more submissions for the June 2021 exhibit!


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.

                                                                                                                      EXECUTIVE BOARD

                                                                                     Helen DiPietra         Frank DiPietra        John V. Salierno

                                                                                     President                 Vice President         Attorney at Law.

                                                                                                                      ADVISORY BOARD

Professor Larry Banks               Professor Maureen Nappi, Ph.D.          Professor Claire Goodman ((Retired)         Constance Halporn                               Charulta Dyal

Chair, Media Arts                        Graduate Coordinator of the                 Media Arts  Department                               Long Island University  Alumna          Long Island University Alumna Long Island University                MA and MFA Programs                         Long Island University                                 M.A. Multimedia                                     M.F. A. Creative Writing                                                                      Long Island University                                                                                                  M.F.A. Photography                               M.F.A. Photography