Applications for the Class of 2023 Giovanni Vitrano Memorial Scholarships are open through January 31, 2023. This year, we’re awarding at least $10,000 in total scholarships, including a $6,000 first prize.

Qualified applicants must be residents of the Tallahassee/Thomasville area, played Varsity or Club soccer and carry a 3.2 GPA or better.

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Class of 2023 Scholarship Information

Who is eligible to apply for our scholarship?

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The 2023 Giovanni Vitrano Memorial Scholarships application window will be open for all boys and girls who meet the following criteria:

  • Played soccer at the Varsity High School or equivalent club level.
  • Is a graduating member of the Class of 2023.
  • Have a 3.2 GPA or higher as of January 31, 2023.
  • Reside in the Tallahassee, FL & Thomasville, GA media market.  This area includes Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Jackson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Hamilton counties in Florida and Seminole, Miller, Decatur, Grady, Thomas, Brooks, Lowndes, Lanier, and Echols counties in Georgia.

When applying, applicants should be prepared to:

  • Spend 20-30 minutes answering a questionnaire to help us get to know you.
  • Upload a 150-200 word essay as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.
  • Submit a favorite photo of the applicant playing soccer.
  • List three references – one soccer coach, one teacher, and another reference of their choosing.

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Making an Impact

Ethan Stewart

2022 Scholarship Winner

“When I first got the call to varsity my sophomore year Gio was the first person to come to me. He really taught me that in soccer, your team is family and you can’t really have anything like that so being able to receive a scholarship that’s in memory of Gio is awesome. It means I have a part of him that’s always going to be with me.”

Ron Vitrano

Gio’s Dad & Foundation President

“These are great high school students, athletes, pillars of the community. To be able to help out a little bit, I think that’s the key. It helps ease the pain of what happened. Giovanni died six and a half months ago, but to watch these young students and athletes walk away with these awards, it warms my heart.”

Maddie Kopka

2022 Scholarship Winner

“It’s really competitive here. Everyone who’s in it is a great soccer player… and it’s an honor to win out of all those people.”

The Giovanni Vitrano Scholarship

Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners

Alejandro Alonso - $5,000 Scholarship Winner

Alejandro is the second family member to graduate high school and will be the first to attend college. He was the Secretary of the Gasdsen Future Farmers of America. A Second-Team All-Big Bend midfielder, Alejandro holds a 3.6 GPA and plans to attend Florida State University to study Criminology.

Maddie Kopka - $1,000 Scholarship Winner

Madeline is the 2022 All-Big Bend Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Maddie overcame physical challenges to show perseverance to become an elite soccer player in our area. She holds a 3.9 GPA and plans to continue her playing career at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Ethan Stewart - $1,000 Scholarship Winner

A 2022 Big Bend-All Star on Leon High School’s soccer team and former teammate of Giovanni Vitrano, Ethan held a 3.9 GPA. He has signed to play soccer at Southwestern Assemblies of God University while studying Children’s Ministry.



Our Foundation has been featured in the Tallahassee Democrat, WCTV (CBS Tallahassee), WTXL (ABC Tallahassee) and more. 

How you can help

Join over 300 of our friends, family and community neighbors who have helped raise $30,000 to fund our scholarships. All funds raised go directly to scholarships for graduating seniors.


100% of community donations go directly to scholarships and events to help celebrate the Tallahassee soccer community.

After awarding $7,000 in scholarship to the class of 2022, we're pleased to announce we'll award at least $10,000 to the class of 2023.

Board of Directors

Emilee Copeland, Associate Director

Emilee Copeland

Giovanni’s Sister

Board of Directors

Ron Vitrano, President

Ron Vitrano

Giovanni’s Father, President

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Mike Fahmie, Vice President

Mike Fahmie

Vice President

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