The annual Sergio Marchionne Student Achievement Awards are presented by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and CNH Industrial to children of their employees who have excelled in their studies.
The Italian ambassador, Raffaele Trombetta, will be hosting the prize giving ceremony today for the second time at the embassy.
The programme was set up in 1996 by Fiat to help young people in their studies, allowing them to gain knowledge and skills. The prizes, which take the form of bursaries, are awarded in the countries where the group operates: the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Brazil, China and the US. In 2018 the bursaries amounted to a total of €1.6m.
The selection panel this year is made up of Deyan Sudjic, director of the London Design Museum; Pauline Thomas, Independent Education Consultant; and Simon Gilson, Agnelli-Serena professor of Italian studies at the University of Oxford.
“The Embassy of Italy is dedicated to raising the profile of Italian achievements in education and academia,” said Ambassador Trombetta. He explained that the embassy’s collaboration with the FCA on this awards programme is part of a category of related events, including the Italy Made Me awards and the Italy4Innovation series, all of which are designed to showcase Italian excellence in academia, innovation and other areas concerned with knowledge transmission and value creation.