We’re thrilled to announce the distribution of scholarships among our 2024 Giovanni Vitrano Scholarship winners! This year, we were incredibly impressed by the caliber of all our applicants, students who excel in academics, soccer, and community service.

A Champion for Resilience: Martina Silva Takes Home $6,000 Grand Prize Scholarship

“It’s good to know that my hard work on and off the field has paid off and will help me in the future. This money is a big help for college.”

Martina Silva (Florida High)

The $6,000 scholarship is awarded to Martina Silva from Florida High School. Martina, born in Chile, embodies resilience and dedication. Despite navigating a new language and culture when she immigrated with her family, Martina boasts a stellar academic record with a 4.65 weighted GPA. Not only is she a member of numerous academic honor societies, but she’s also actively involved in her community, volunteering at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. On the soccer field, Martina is a force to be reckoned with. She’s played for prestigious teams like Florida High Girls Soccer, Top of Florida, and Tottenham Hotspur. With college applications submitted to top universities nationwide and acceptance to honors programs at Florida State and the University of Florida, Martina’s future is bright!

A Natural Leader: Leon’s Meghan Roper Claims $2,000 Scholarship.

“Meg has a strong sense of self that you don’t often see in high school students. She isn’t overly worried about reading the room, she just does what is right, and all with rare sense of confidence.”

Kate Davis, Leon High School Teacher

Meghan Roper, a Leon High School graduate and future Auburn University student, is awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Leading by example, Meghan overcame a learning challenge (undiagnosed ADHD) to achieve a strong academic record with a 3.6 GPA. Her leadership shines not only on the Leon soccer field as team captain but also in her dedication to various clubs and organizations. Meghan served as President of the Dance Marathon, significantly increasing fundraising efforts. Meghan also held leadership positions in the Anchor Club and Interact Club and volunteered at Porch De Solomon.

Celebrating Achievement: Lawre Bradley May Earns $2,000 Scholarship.

“Its means so much, soccer is such a huge part of my life…to know that out of this whole area, people have seen me as a significant part of the soccer culture means so much to me.”

Lawre Bradley May (Maclay

Lawre Bradley May from Maclay School is awarded a well-deserved $2,000 scholarship. Lawre, who will attend Auburn University, is a multi-talented young person with a 4.52 GPA. Beyond academics, Lawre excels in athletics, participating in lacrosse, tennis, and cheerleading while also being a standout on the Maclay soccer team (earning MVP honors). Her dedication extends beyond the field, with involvement in clubs like National Art Society, National Honors Society, and Key Club. Lawre’s commitment to academics and community service is further highlighted by her numerous awards, including the Scholar-Athlete Award, English Student of the Year, and History Student of the Year.

WCTV’s Ryan Kelly Covers the Scholarship Dinner

Investing in the Future: Help Us Support More Remarkable Young People

The Giovanni Vitrano Scholarship Foundation empowers young people like Martina, Lawre, and Meghan. With your support, we can continue to award scholarships that make a real difference in the lives of deserving students, regardless of gender. Please donate today and help us cultivate the next generation of academics, athletics, and community service leaders. As a 501(c)3, donations to our Foundation are tax deductible.

Congratulations once again to our outstanding 2024 scholarship winners! We are incredibly proud of their achievements and excited to see what the future holds for them.