The Maria De Unterrichter Jervolino award
The prize was established in 1988 in memory of the great commitment of Maria de Unterrichter Jervolino in spreading and developing the Montessori method and idea, in her years as Chairwoman the Opera Nazionale Montessori (ONM). The prize is awarded for the best university degree thesis on Maria Montessori’s thought and work.
The prize consists of 10 scholarships each worth either €1,200 or €700 to be awarded to final university degree theses of 4-year degree courses or 3-year degree courses, respectively.
One hundred and six (106) theses had been presented over the years up to the most recent award ceremony which took place on 14 January 2005. Following evaluation by a commission of university lecturers and Montessori education experts, 51 papers were awarded. Participants were from various Italian state and private universities such as the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Università SS. Assunta and Università Pontificia Salesiana of Rome, and Università Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples. These theses were not – as one would expect – only presented by students of Literature and Philosophy, Philosophy or Education Sciences, but also by students of Modern Languages and Literatures, Law, Psychology, Architecture and Mathematics.