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The award is given annually throughout the country to high school student athletes of Italian-American heritage who exhibit the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo in his life and career (courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias). We are offering a scholarship as an incentive for young Italian-American student athletes who aspire to greater achievements by pursuing higher education.
The criteria for our scholarship are as follows:
• Graduating high school student athlete
• Athletic Achievement
• Academic Achievement
• Community Service
• At least one parent/grandparent of Italian heritage
• Attendance to the Award Ceremony Brunch on Sunday, April 23 in Clark, NJ
In 2023, the student who successfully received this award, Natalia Fonzetti, was given an engraved plaque and a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO.
The ten chapters representing UNICO District X participate in this event to recognize student-athletes from their towns. The Brian Piccolo Award Ceremony Brunch was held on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the Grand Centurions Hall, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark NJ 07066. Natalie and her parents were guests of the Hillsborough Chapter at the event.
Natalia Fonzetti, 2023 Brian Piccolo Award Winner
Scholarship presentation May 31, 2023 by Carl Suraci, Committe member and Mariann Cialdella, President of Hillsborough UNICO to Natalia who is joined by her parents.
L to R: Carl Suraci, Member; President Mariann Cialdella; Natalia Fonzetti, Brian Piccolo Plaque Award winner, and her family;
Vice President Frank Delcore,
Natalia Fonzetti with award
and her proud family.
Scholarship presentation by President Nathan Santaromita and Vice President Mariann Cialdella to Piccolo award winner Nathaniel Bonacci.
L to R: President Nate Santaromita, Member Sherry Ferrara, Brian Piccolo Award winner Nathaniel Bonacci, Vice President Mariann Cialdella and Secretary Elaine Jackson
Nathaniel Bonacci with award
and his proud family.