The New York State Grand Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America has selected Christina Tortora as the 2013 recipient of the Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award.  The Cornaro Award was established in 1978 following the 300th anniversary commemoration of the conferral of a doctorate to a woman, Lady Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award.  The Grand Lodge initiated this award to recognize outstanding Italian American women in higher education who have made significant contributions to their profession and community.

The award ceremony is Sunday June 23, 2013 in Suffern, NY, and precedes the State Scholarship ceremony.