To the members of the Confratellanza and Lega Femminile Italiana: 

The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese Society is offering several $1,000 scholarships to eligible candidates for the year 2022.

One scholarship is available to this year’s graduating secondary school students planning to enroll in a post-secondary educational institution for the first time in 2022.  To be eligible for this scholarship candidates must 

1) be of Italian origin i.e. as having at least one parent or grandparent of direct Italian descent, 

2) be living in a city or municipality within the 21-member Greater Vancouver Regional District, 

3) have an academic standing sufficient to qualify for entry into the post-secondary institution of their choice, and 

4) submit a completed application form with supporting documentation post-marked or delivered no later than June 15, 2022.

A scholarship is also open to members of the Confratellanza Italo-Canadese and secondary school students or recent secondary school graduates having a parent or legal guardian that is a member in good standing of the Confratellanza Italo-Canadese or its affiliate the Lega Femminile Italiana.  Candidates must have an academic standing, however, sufficient to qualify for the post-secondary institution of their choice and submit a completed application form with supporting documents, post-marked or delivered no later than June 15, 2022.

A person may apply only for one scholarship.

Scholarship winners will be determined by a selection committee appointed by the directors of the Confratellanza Italo-Canadese Society. The decision of the Selection Committee will be final.

The Confratellanza will pay the $1,000 scholarships directly to the winners.  This will be done upon presentation of an official receipt of registration and fee payment from the educational institution to which the winners have enrolled.

Each winner will be required to provide his/her photograph and agree to allow their photo and related news release to be circulated and publicized.  Each winner or his/her representative will be required to attend, as a guest, the Confratellanza’s Christopher Columbus banquet at the Italian Cultural Centre in October 2022.

2021 Scholarship Awards

Luca Hanni 

Luca Hanni graduated from Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam where he excelled through an academically focused student career. Luca achieved honors with distinction all throughout high school while maintaining his community positions such as CMFSC divisional referee and player. 

As a French immersion student, Luca excelled through his studies in both French and English, paving the way for the district language authority award, the BC Achievement Award as well as obtaining top student awards for French in both grades 11 and 12. Outside of school Luca volunteered on the PNE youth council where he helped lead discussions to pave the way for new changes surrounding the Hastings Park area. Luca now attends the University of British Columbia where he studies engineering. Hoping to help develop cost effective prosthetics, Luca hopes to go into mechanical engineering in his second year of studies. 

Jade Bragagnolo

Jade Bragagnolo

Jade Bragagnolo graduated this year from South Delta Secondary School and attends the University of Victoria.
Academically, things did not come easily for Jade. An elementary school teacher identified that she didn’t learn like her peers and faced some academic challenges. This was confirmed with a Psychological-Educational Assessment and resulted in the development of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to address her specific learning challenges. Jade had to work twice as hard as her peers throughout elementary and high school. She spent many late evenings and weekends putting in the extra work to study and finish papers and projects. Jade
is very proud of the work, character and resilience it took to reach her goal of graduating with
good grades and attending the University of Victoria.

Athletically, Jade was a member of her high school gymnastics team for five years and played soccer since she was six years old. With both sports she was able to experience individual and team accolades, including the top provincial high school gymnastics team all five years she competed.

Jade volunteered her time at competitions and fundraising events for her club, Delta Gymnastics Society. Jade has also volunteered with the VPD Soccer Club’s Youth Soccer Camp since she was 12 years old. At her school, and in her community, she has volunteered for a non-profit organization called, The Tekera Foundation since 2015. In 2016, she was the recipient of her school’s annual Citizenship Award. Jade volunteerism continued in high school with Teens for Tekera. She met regularly to organize fundraising projects for The Tekera Foundation. The funds were used for sustainable infrastructure projects like solar panels and lavatories in schools in Tekera, Uganda. In 2019, she became the group’s Fundraising Coordinator. Her role was to develop and organize fundraising events, communicate with our school administration and ensure the success of the events. Additionally, in Grade 12, she volunteered as Grad Committee Secretary.

Jade is currently studying Social Sciences. Her goal is to complete her undergraduate
degree and participate in the Co-Op Program where she will gain valuable work experience.



Angelo Chalmers

Angelo Chalmers graduated from Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam where he had a course load designed around his post-secondary targeting accounting. Angelo played on the Terry Fox football team, when he was a junior he played on the senior team as well. In grade ten the senior team went to the high school championship where Angelo helped his make it to the finals. In grade eleven Angelo was named the most valuable player on the senior team.

Angelo takes great pride in his work out routine going to the gym everyday and after graduating continued the high commitment level with a gym membership.

Angelo has taken the same passion and drive to BCIT where he is enrolled in a four year full time program in accounting. His drive and determination will do him well in the future at his job and his personal life.
In Angelo’s spare time he enjoys hanging out with friends and family along with his many vacations cruising, he truly enjoyed the Caribbean island the most to this date and can’t wait for more opportunities to travel with family and friends.

Francesca Voischos

Francesca Voischos graduated from St. John Brebeuf Regional School in Abbotsford where she held a high academic standing, earning honour roll and other academic awards each year, including her school’s Echon Award (an award given to the student with the greatest achievements in overall standards, volunteering, extracurricular, faith, service, involvement, athletics, etc) in her grade 12 year. 

Francesca was also heavily involved with extracurricular activities supporting her school; from being the President of her Student Council to managing the Senior Girls Basketball Team. There wasn’t a moment where she wasn’t in the gym, leading a meeting, or participating wherever she could. Francesca was heavily involved in her school’s Life and Justice Club where she helped organize many events, fundraisers, and talent shows, including a world wide project known as the Value Project. Not only was Francesca the President of her Student Council, Head Score Keeper, and Head Manager of the Senior Girls Basketball Team, she was also the Editor for her school’s newspaper as well as wrote many inspiring articles that contributed to the paper. 

Additionally, Francesca was one of the selected students to go on a Mission Trip to Belize, where she helped build a school library, a fence, a sidewalk, and a cement building. She also got to work with many of the wonderful kids, do home visits, teach the children about Canada, and visit senior citizens. Similarly, Francesca is very heavily involved with her community; volunteering as a Youth Leader, Big Buddy, and throughout the animal world. She was a Youth leader at her Church for over three years as well as volunteered as a Reading Buddy through the City of Surrey. Francesa is currently volunteering at HPS (Horse Protection Society) where she works with retired and rescued horses. She leads the horses outside, feeds them, cleans stalls, helps organize fundraisers, works in the little store, as well as works side by side with the head of the organization. 

Some of Francesca’s hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, writing stories, dirt biking, fixing cars, wakeboarding, horseback riding, camping, acting, collecting old TV shows, and volunteering with animals. Francesca is currently attending the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Science where she will proceed to achieve a major in Biology. 

After finishing her Bachelor degree, Francesca plans on attending the University of Saskatchewan to obtain a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) where she will pursue a career as a Veterinarian.