Great Immigrants

Great Immigrants

Great Immigrants:
The Pride of America


Every Fourth of July since 2006, Carnegie Corporation of New York has honored the legacy of its founder, Andrew Carnegie (himself a proud immigrant from Scotland), by recognizing a group of extraordinary men and women—naturalized citizens from all walks of life who have made notable contributions to the progress of American society. In anticipation of 2017’s “class” of Great Immigrants, over the course of the next 100 days we are saluting some of the past honorees—100 immigrants to the U.S. whose accomplishments are as diverse as their life stories.

Meet the Class of 2016

“These accomplished Americans are immigrants like our forefathers, who founded this nation of nations,” said Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Meet the Great Immigrants

"To become American is a big deal"

Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg talks to Carnegie Corporation of New York about her immigrant experience, arriving with a bag full of dresses to traverse the country's "exotic" cities like Cleveland, Indianapolis and the states of the American heartland.

Great Immigrants Featured on CNN Money

Check out the first in a weekly series highlighting contributions to America's economy by naturalized citizens honored by Carnegie Corporation of New York on CNN Money.


making AMERICA

General Colin Powell writes about the positive role of immigrants in America based on remarks at a recent Carnegie Forum. "Immigrants—future Americans—make America better every single day," he says.  Read the article or watch video below.


Andrew Carnegie, who founded Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1911, was an immigrant from Scotland. We at Carnegie Corporation salute his legacy, along with the contributions millions of other immigrants who have made, and continue to make our nation strong and vibrant. Witness the story of Claudius Zorokong, who came to the United States as a refugee from Sierra Leone, and like so many immigrants from countries around the world, went on to achieve the American dream. 


An important part of the application process for becoming a US citizen is passing a civics test, covering important U.S. history and government topics. There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test. During the interview process, applicants are asked up to 10 questions and must be able to answer at least 6 questions correctly. Here is a sampling of what may be asked. How would you do?


In this StoryCorps interview, Cathleen Farrell talks with her 19-year-old daughter Manuela Bayon about the day Manuela was born in Colombia, the day Manuela became an American citizen, and what Manuela's future holds at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. You can learn more about StoryCorps at