Pasquale Freda scholarship
Students and Graduates

Antonella Vittoria Tanga

Graduated, in 2014, from High school, Liceo scientifico, in the town of Vallata province of Avellino.

After having successfully passed the entrance exam test, SAT, and the TOEFL Antonella was admitted to BU where currently is in enrolled in Sciences Classes and is projected to graduate in June 2018 in Aerospace Engineering.

She is spending the Summer of 2015 at BU taking classes and working on campus.

2015 January- Begins scientific studies.

2019 May- Graduated in Mechanical Engineering.

2020 Works in Boston and lives Brookline Massachusetts.

Letter of gratitude written by Antonella Vittoria Tanga nel 2017. Read the letter.

Letter of gratitude written by Antonella Vittoria Tanga nel 2019. Read the letter.

Ashley Cunningham

Descendant of immigrants from San Nicola Baronia, Avellino Italy, born and raised in Massachusetts.

Recipient of the Pasquale Freda scholarship in 2014 in the absence of qualifying students of San Nicola Baronia and vicinity towns. She Graduated class of 2017.

As of today, Ashley works in the medical field at the Brookline Children Hospital and resides in Massachusetts.

Angelo Archidiacono

Partecipa ai corsi di lingua CELOP 2001

Rocco Gesa

Master in Web marketing and E Commerce 2003 - 2004

At the present time he is successfully employed and lives in Germany

Nicola Ricci

Nicola Ricci

Boston University - July 2007 - May 2011

Born and raised in the Vallata in the province of Avellino.

The July 14, 2007, just a week after facing the oral examination of maturity at the Liceo Scientifico "Enrico Fermi" Dale, I moved to Boston, leaving behind all that until then I knew and I was deeply attached: family, friends and relatives, the town , the comfort of living at home, the social contacts ...

I chose to leave town, a total uprooting, and a trip to a foreign city in language and culture, looking to discover what eighteen years old can only dream to find outside his native town. I must confess that it was not easy leave town.

Be able to study at the prestigious BU was overwhelming. The opportunity that could change completely and radically my future life was immense. On July 14th 2007 I landed at Boston Logan airport.

At Boston University, I immediately started studying at the Celop (English school for foreign students) in order to improve my English, until then purely academic.

During the four months that followed, I immediately found to confront myself not only a new language a new culture but also a new ways of thinking, absolutely unknown to me until then.

After passing the TOEFL - an examination of the knowledge of written and spoken English - I officially began my university studies at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Boston University.

The next four years will be a succession of personal satisfaction and new academic transformation to BU standard.

From February to July 2009, I spend a semester "abroad" at the University of Dresden, with a group of twenty students from Boston University.

In the summer of 2010, I was chosen among several candidates, to do laboratory research of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a project of aerospace systems. In May 2011, I graduated "Magna Cum Laude", Class of the 2011 Department of Aerospace Engineering.

When my experience at Boston University came to an end, I was blessed with an offer from the prestigious MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technolog, a position as a researcher at the laboratory "SEAri" (Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative), where I could study complex systems in the laboratory, a monthly salary and a tree year Master scholarship.

In September 2011, I began to take courses in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT Then in January 2013, after having completed most of the courses for the first Master, I began to take courses for the second Masters in Systems Engineering, specializing in the study of Social-Technical Analysis and related decision-making that takes place during the early stages of the design of complex systems.

At the same time, I began a research and develop project of my own. I publish 6 important articles on my findings.

I wrote my thesis (You can read it by downloading it from this address).

In June 2014, after three years of personal and professional growth, I finish the two Masters, and turn towards a new chapter in my life.

I had accepted a job offer from a company in New York City. In August 2014 I moved to New York, where in September I begin my work by Data Scientist.

Now I live in New York.

By day I analyse and model data in Manhattan, and at night I come home in Brooklyn, where, with my girlfriend, enjoy life and art.

I cannot stop to thank my Mother and my Father, who always supported me in all my decisions, even when they saw their only son leave home at a very early age. I love you so much unconditionally.

Over the years, I have developed a great relationship with the Founder of the BU Scholarship, Pasquale Freda. Pasquale has become for me an example of life, moral and philanthropy. His scholarship, an opportunity for young southern Italian students, Is a pure act of altruism. Unprecedented.

I gratefully acknowledge that this has allowed me to pursue and achieve goals that for me before were pure utopia. During dinner to celebrate my graduation, I thanked Pasquale with a label that reads: "In great appreciation for the person who entirely redefined the governing equations of the motion of my life".

Contact e-mail: nikoricci @


Interview to Pasquale Freda by Anna Maria Tiziano from magazine La Voce d'Italia (14/03/2012)

Interview to Nicola Ricci by Electra Bove from magazine Piueconomia Campania (27/07/2013)

Interview to Nicola Ricci by Electra Bove from magazine Piueconomia Campania (14/08/2013)

Interview to Nicola Ricci by Riboni Enzo from newspaper Corriere della Sera (21/03/2014)

Abstract from magazine BU University