NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., President of the Italian Language Foundation, today announced the distribution of the first Dante Awards for Excellence to students for exemplary achievement in The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program for Italian Language and Culture (AP Italian).  

The awards were sent to 58 students in 14 states throughout the United States.  The amounts of the award were $200.00 for students who scored a five and $100.00 for those who scored a four in the AP Italian exam, which was administered in May 2012.  

Funding for the awards is provided by the ILF and a grant from philanthropist Leandro P. Rizzuto, the Founder and President of Conair.