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Supporting Student Scholarships since 2002

Abbondànza (Italian for abundance), is the Faculty of Fine Arts annual student scholarship fundraiser. For 19 years generous sponsors and supporters of the arts have come together for an evening of entertainment, Italian food, and fine art, all to support the passions and dreams of students studying art, drama, music and new media at the University of Lethbridge.

The University of Lethbridge and the Faculty of Fine Arts are excited to announce that the Abbondànza Endowment awarded a record 30 scholarships in the 2020/2021 academic year! This is thanks to our generous and inspiring sponsors, donors and attendees of our annual fundraising event.

In 2019, the growing endowment reached over $1.6 million, allowing the opportunity to re-write terms of reference for the award distribution, creating new award categories. The endowment, which originally supported financial awards for senior Fine Arts students, now provides scholarships to entrance, continuing, senior and graduate-level students.



Anna Nikolova

“As an international student from a low-income single parent family, an education in a prestigious Canadian university such as the University of Lethbridge would not have been possible without financial support. The Abbondànza scholarship made it possible for me to cover my housing expenses for the upcoming semester and afford additional technology to successfully continue my new media projects, the most important being my MFA thesis.”

Anna Nikolova, new media graduate student


Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the 20th Abbondànza event in 2021, but the need for student scholarships continues to grow. Your generosity can help relieve the economic stress of Fine Arts students as they pursue their passions during a most-difficult time. Consider contributing to the Abbondànza Endowment from home this year and join us online in the new year as we look back and celebrate the past 20 years of community support.

Thank you for 20 years of support!

Students share the impact of receiving an Abbondanza scholarship

Abbondànza 2020

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Abbondànza Scholarship recipients grateful for contributors

Hear how your contributions support Fine Arts students.

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Tony Rose and Rocco Suriano

Impact begins with an idea

In 2002, Tony Rose and Rocco Suriano had an idea. 20 years later, that idea has developed into a $1.6 million endowment, offering the largest Fine Arts scholarships available at the University of Lethbridge.

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Abbondànza endowment provides record number of scholarships

Thanks to 20 years of community support, the University of Lethbridge is excited to announce an astounding 30 scholarships were awarded from the Abbondànza Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment in the 2020/2021 academic year. 

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Abbondanza 2020 - Sponsor Recognition

Major Sponsors

Avail CPA
Kate & Jim Langston
Glenn & Janice Varzari
Val Matteotti Ranches Ltd.
Mary Ingraham & David Owen
Erasmus Okine & Christine Murray

Media Sponsors

Lethbridge Herald
Vista Radio (94.1 Juice & 98.1 2Day FM)

Course Sponsors

Antipasto - Prime Catering
Primi - Art & Mary Jane Crooks
Secondi - FWBA Architects
Dolce - Mike & Maureen Mahon

Performer & Volunteer Sponsor

Terry Whitehead & Elev8Exec Coaching Inc.

Wine Sponsors

Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits
Kurt Schlachter & Jason VandenHoek

Music Sponsors

Harry & Irene Penner
Kelly Philipp & Karen Robertson

Piano Sponsor

Kristin Ailsby & Jason Shriner

Silent Auction Sponsors

Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge
Estate of Carl Granzow