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 again sponsor a virtual, juried photography exhibition in June 2021. See below for application guidelines.

Long Island University

William F. DiPietra Project Finishing Grants

Project finishing grants of $1500 each will be awarded to  two outstanding applicants.  Grant applications are open to all LIU Brooklyn Media Arts graduate alumni and to current LIU Brooklyn 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 for 2021 grants has closed.  Please check back in January 2022.


William F. DiPietra Media Arts Thesis Awards

Discretionary awards of $500 each will be awarded to three graduating LIU Brooklyn MA/MFA Media Arts students for academic and/or creative excellence in their final thesis.  Recipients will be announced on April 30th, 2021.  Awards will be presented at the Media Arts Graduate Awards Reception in May of 2021.. 

Second Annual William F. DiPietra Foundation Photography Exhibition

We are pleased to announce the second annual William F. DiPietra Foundation Photography Exhibition.  The exhibition will be a virtual gallery on the William F. DiPietra Foundation website.  The submission period has now closed.  Please check back on June 7th for the announcement of winners and to view this year's exhibition.


One $500.00 Award given to a current undergraduate

One $500.00 Award to a current graduate student or MA/MFA alumni

Two $250 honorable mentions

Exhibition Judges                            



Fordham University

The Foundation presents awards ($1000 each) to two students in the Department of Communications and Media Studies and three 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 an interest in 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.