SOI Scholarship - Entering Post-Secondary

The Lodge annually awards two scholarships of $2,000 each to students of Italian origin entering post-secondary education. The scholarship amount was increased in 2012 from it's previous $1,000 amount.  We have presented over 20 scholarships to date.

The criteria for the award include academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, involvement in the Italian and wider community, and need. If you know of a deserving individual, detailed information and the application form can be found here.

Each year we are faced with the difficult task of assessing numerous qualified and successful Italian students. We have been gratified and excited to realize the number of Italian students who every year achieve high grades and involve themselves in the Italian and Winnipeg communities. They are a credit to the Italian community and to our City.

To Apply

Note that applications must be received no later than September 1, 2018.  The application form (PDF) can be downloaded by clicking: application form

If you have questions on the scholarship program, please send them by email to Cosmo Racano, our Scholarship Chair.


2016 Winners

Pietro Cianflone 

Pietro Salvatore II Cianflone graduated from St. Paul’s High School and received the President’s Silver Medal for obtaining the second-highest average of his graduating class. He received the highest standing achievement in biology and English, as well as the St. Paul’s College Alumni and Friends Association Entrance Scholarship in his graduating year. He continues his studies in the Faculty of Science, in the direct entry program, at the University of Manitoba. He strives to attain a general degree in science in pursuit of a medical career.

Pietro has volunteered at the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen, Winnipeg Harvest, and Siloam Mission. As a member of the Maroon and White Society, he acted as an ambassador for his student body at both high school events and external proceedings. In addition, he assisted in teaching catechism classes at St. John Brebeuf Parish and served as a peer-tutor in biology and mathematics.

Pietro admires Italian culture and is proud of his Italian heritage. He is grateful to the Sons of Italy for awarding him this scholarship, and for supporting him in accomplishing his ambitions.


Joshua Colasuonno Sterner

Joshua graduated from St. Paul's High School in June 2016 and achieved honour roll throughout his four years at the school.  He currently is attending the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Science and plans to enter the Faculty of Kinesiology to pursue his goal of becoming a physiotherapist and helping people live healthier, more comfortable lives.

Joshua is proud of his Italian heritage and is family-oriented, hard working and caring.  He has volunteered for many events in and out of the Italian community, including the Holy Rosary Church.  Joshua has assisted the grade 6 catechism, served as alterably, served at the annual Spaghetti dinner and helped at various catechism social functions. He has also attended the Dante Alighieri Italian School for four years.

Josua is thankful for all of the help he has received from his parents and also thanks Sons of Italy for the generous scholarship, helping him achieve his goals.


2015 Winners

Domenica Bueti 

Domenica Bueti is a proud graduate of Collège Béliveau and the Dante Alighieri Italian School. Graduating from high school with top marks in her class, she is continuing her education at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Science.

Italian culture has always played an important role in her life and has shaped her into the motivated young woman she is today. Born from parents of Italian descent, she learned to speak Italian before she could speak English. Her family would travel to Italy every three years to expose her and her sister to the Italian culture, language and to reconnect with family.

She enjoys volunteering with the Holy Rosary Youth Group, participating at various movie nights, spaghetti dinners and fundraising events. She also performs with Le Ragazze Italiane folk dance group. Through Dante Alighieri Italian School, Holy Rosary Youth Group and dancing in Folklorama, she has had the chance to meet many lifelong friends who share the same love and interest in the Italian culture.


Katia Occhino

I graduated last year from Kelvin High School with a French Immersion diploma and a 95% average. I am in my first year at the University of Winnipeg enrolled in the pre-medicine program. I hope to one day become a doctor and save the lives of many people.

From a very young age I have been playing soccer. I played on my high school team throughout grades 9-12 and have competed at the provincial level. I am a member of the U of W Women’s soccer team and also play on a premier division women’s team. In my free time I enjoy coaching soccer and am involved with soccer camps. Last summer, I coached and mentored girls from the Spence Street Neighbourhood which provided an opportunity for the girls to play soccer and to get to know others from the area.

 For the past three years I have volunteered at the Sons of Italy Christmas Eve feast, ensuring all the kids have an opportunity to take a photo with Santa. I also volunteer at the Saint Boniface Hospital helping and aiding patients. 


2014 Winners

Alexander Loscerbo 

Alexander Loscerbo graduated from St. Paul’s High School and received the Governor General’s Medal and the President’s Gold Medal for obtaining the highest average of his graduating class. He is in currently enrolled in the Faculty of Business at the University of Manitoba in the direct entry program. He plans to major in actuarial studies and work in the insurance industry of Winnipeg.


Alexander has participated in Italian community events such as the Amatese picnic and has volunteered at the Holy Rosary Annual Spaghetti Dinner. He has also volunteered at the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen and as a Sunday school teacher at St. Ann’s Parish. In his Grade 12 year at St. Paul’s, Alexander was a member of the Maroon and White Society and the school’s soccer team.


Alexander is extremely grateful for the contribution that the Sons of Italy have made to his education. He feels honoured to be acknowledged by such a successful association that has done so much for the community. Alexander plans to study diligently so that one day he will represent the community of Italians that have made him so proud. 

Elizabeth (“Elisabetta”) Grande

As a 2014 graduate of the Collège Louis-Riel, I am proud to say that I am off to the University of Saint-Boniface to start an exciting career as a school teacher. One of my biggest passions in life has always been languages and knowing four of them makes me very proud!


The one goal I will always strive for throughout my career, would be to one day have a recognized school here in Winnipeg of Italian language to show kids the importance of the language that permitted our past to now be our future. Attending the Dante Alighieri Italian School for 10 years has made me truly value the importance of holding on to one’s roots.


Being active within the Italian community has been as much of a responsibility as a privilege. The Italian Pavilion has always offered me a chance to share this love for the Italian culture, through singing for three consecutive years, dancing with the Splendore d’Italia Folk Dancers and representing the face of our Italian youth as the Pavilion’s Youth Ambassador in 2013. When I am not on stage at Folklorama, you will find me singing for the community or speaking in Calabrese to my nonni! Thank you nonno and nonna for your beautiful language!


I would like to give a huge thank you to the Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge for bringing me closer in achieving this dream. Grazie mille!


2013 Winners


Alessandra Baksina

Alessandra Baksina was on the honour roll at Glenlawn Collegiate for four years and is currently in the direct entry program at the University of Manitoba through the Asper’s School of Business – working toward a degree in business, majoring in both international business and marketing in the retail industry.

“Ali” has been a volunteer at the Sons of Italy Christmas Eve Feast for four years, helping to set-up gift bags and serving dessert. She has also volunteered at Folklorama and in 2008 was the youth ambassador for the Italian pavilion. She was also an active dancer in the Sons of Italy Splendore D’Italia Folk Dancers for 13 years, and received the group’s scholarship in 2013.

“I am extremely proud of my Italian background and would like to say thank-you to the Sons of Italy for this scholarship to help me to reach my future goals at University."

Rosie Baksina

Rosie Baksina has been involved in the Italian community through volunteering at Folklorama, by dancing with the Sons of Italy Splendore D’Italia Folk Dancers and then in the Mercato when she wasn’t dancing anymore.  


She has been serving at the annual Sons of Italy Christmas Eve Feast since 2009 and was also a part of the Sons of Italy Leonardo Da Vinci Youth Group. To continue learning about my Italian heritage, she will be learning Italian in University. 


“I am sincerely grateful for the scholarship Sons of Italy has awarded me and I can’t wait to take on the work force as a successful business woman.”


2012 Winners


Amanda Loscerbo

Amanda Loscerbo graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and received the Governor General’s Medal for obtaining the highest average of her graduating class. In addition to this she received the top mark in four of her Grade 12 courses. She is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Winnipeg. She plans to apply to medical school and hopes to become a General Practitioner working in Winnipeg.

Amanda has been active in both the Italian community and the community at large. She has been a regular volunteer at Holy Rosary’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner. As well, she has been the editor for the House of Peace “Hope” newsletter for 4 years. She was a member of both the Youth in Philanthropy and Human Rights Team in her senior year. She also teaches Sunday school at St. Anne’s Parish for children participating in the Latin Mass.

Amanda is extremely proud of her Italian heritage and would like to thank the Sons of Italy for their contribution to her education. She feels honored to receive the scholarship and hopes to make the Italian community proud by what she accomplishes in her future.


Alana Robert

Alana Robert graduated from St. Mary’s Academy with Honours. She is currently studying Political Science and Economics at the University of Manitoba, in pursuit of a career as an International Human Rights Lawyer.

Alana represented Manitoba at national debate tournaments in Toronto, Northwest Territories, Montreal and Halifax. Alana was selected as 1 of 6 youth from across Canada to be a World Vision Canadian Youth Ambassador. She travelled to Rwanda to volunteer with developing communities.  Alana helped found and initiate the Jams4Justice Project: a provincial wide awareness campaign that strives to help combat human trafficking.
Alana was 2011 Folklorama Italian Female Youth Ambassador. She taught Sunday School at Holy Rosary Parish for many years. Alana currently enjoys volunteering with Siloam Mission and Special Olympics.  She has also competed nationally and internationally as a rhythmic gymnast.

Alana was awarded the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award of Promise for having made significant contributions to her school and community .  Alana is inspired by the touching humanitarian work done by Sons of Italy and she hopes to make the world a better place for all.


2011 Winners

Cristina Ardita

Cristina Ardita graduated from École Garden City Collegiate with a French Immersion diploma in June 2011. She was accepted and is currently attending the University of Winnipeg's Faculty of Education program. She is pursuing a major in Biology and minor in French with the hope of becoming a French Immersion high school teacher for the Seven Oaks School Division.

Cristina has volunteered for the Italian community for countless years. Her passion for teaching first started at Holy Rosary Church where she began teaching the Communion class. She’s always wanted to have a classroom of her own ever since. In 2009 she represented the Italian Pavilion as their Youth Ambassador and continues to volunteer at the pavilion every year. She is also the recipient of the University of Winnipeg Special Entrance Scholarship and the West St.Paul Council Scholarship.

Cristina would like to offer her sincerest gratitude to the Sons of Italy for their generous support. Thanks to generous organizations such as the Sons of Italy, her goal is now within reach.


Alessandro Augellone

Alessandro Augellone graduated from St. John's Ravenscourt High School with Honours and entered the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Alessandro attended SJR for all of his scholastic life, achieving Honours Standing every year, along with numerous other accolades, culminating in a University of Manitoba bursary scholarship.

He has been involved in the Leonardo Da Vinci Youth group as its vice president and volunteering with the Sons of Italy at the Christmas Eve Feast. He has been involved with Holy Rosary Parish as an altar boy and Sunday school assistant and with the Centro Caboto's Folklorama.

At school, Alessandro was instrumental in the Kendra McBain SJR Cancer Walk along with spearheading a fundraising initiative to obtain a playground structure for John M. King School in the Inner City.  Alessandro played and coached youth soccer with the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association.

Alessandro would like to thank Sons of Italy for this scholarship and congratulate Sons of Italy for their commitment to youth and for being great role models for the youth of today.  "One day as we embark on our careers, we too, will give back in a similar fashion as the Sons of Italy, with their very successful charitable initiatives."

2010 Winners


Franca Petrelli

Franca Petrelli is attending the University of Winnipeg and was accepted into the Integrated Program in the Faculty of Education.  She hopes to one day teach at the elementary school she attended.

Franca was the Youth Ambassador for the Folkorama Italian Pavilion in 2008. Franca attended the Societa Culturale Dante Alighieri School and completed all of the Winnipeg School Division Italian exams. She received the Dante Alighieri Scholarship Award in her grade twelve graduating year. She is on staff with Dante working as a teacher’s assistant. Franca has been an active member of the Sons of Italy Splendora D’Italia Folk Dancers of Manitoba for about eight years. She received the Splendora D’Italia Scholarship for 2010. She is currently the President of the Sons of Italy Leonardo Da Vinci Youth Group and looks forward to joining the Lupa Di Roma Women’s lodge in the near future.


Natasha Angelina Rossol

Natasha Angelina Rossol, born and raised in Winnipeg, has been studying voice for the past 8 years, singing many songs in Italian. 

She is currently in her first year at the University of Manitoba, and has begun an Introductory Italian course, which she enjoys immensely.


Her involvement in the Italian community includes singing and volunteering at various events at the Centro Caboto.  Her most significant contribution was singing and acting in the Italian Pavilion for Folklorama 2010. 

She is extremely grateful to the Sons of Italy for awarding this scholarship to her, and has never been prouder of her Italian heritage.


2009 Winners


Lisa Bova

For many years she has volunteered and worked in the Italian community, from being Youth Folklorama Ambassador to teaching at both Holy Rosary Church and the Dante Alighieri Summer Camp.

She loves every minute she spends in the community for she realizes that her Italian heritage is very important. She plans to continue to be involved in the Italian community in years to come.

The Italian culture is so rich it has intrigued Lisa to major in History as she is currently enrolled in the University of Winnipeg’s integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education program.

Braiden Mayhew

Braidan completed grade 12 at the Laureate Academy in June of 2009.  Graduating with honours, Braidan was president of student council and an active participant in all sporting activities including captain of the volleyball, basketball and soccer teams.  

Braidan’s contributions both inside and out of school earned him the Citizenship Award at graduation.

Canadian born of mixed heritage, Braidan is proud of his Italian background which he feels has strongly shaped his identity.   Presently attending the University of Winnipeg, Braidan hopes to study architecture and thanks to the Sons of Italy Scholarship, is one step closer to his goal.

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