Parkland, FL– At the disjointed start of an unprecedented school year during this global pandemic we are reminded that our daughter Gina will not be enjoying her senior year. Sadly, she was one of the 17 victims who lost their lives way too early in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. In order to keep Gina’s light shining the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation, Inc. was established in honor of Gina’s legacy of kindness. 

Today our Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of our core scholarship programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the Arts. Alfredo Suarez Jr. of Bethlehem, PA is studying Management Information Technology at Pennsylvania State University. He was the recipient of the STEM Scholarship. Kristina Jewett, of Concord, CA who is currently pursuing a degree in Fine Arts at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts received the Arts scholarship. 

Additionally, we were delighted to honor Rachel Vogel, of Pembroke Pines, FL with the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship in August 2020. 

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The young man and women who were chosen for the 2020 scholarships were qualified, passionate, and dedicated to their studies. “They also had the combination of high grades and excellent communication skills that propelled them to the top. We are confident they will help to keep Gina’s light shining by helping others,” said Tony Montalto, Foundation president and parent. 

“We are looking for someone who embodies the spirit of our daughter,” said Gina’s mother Jennifer. “Presenting these awards to these fantastic young adults helps keep Gina present in our lives. We want our recipients to remember who Gina was and to help spread kindness and to strive to make the world a better place.” 

More good news is coming from the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation in the upcoming months as we are currently in the final stages of selecting the recipients of the 17 for 17 nursing scholarships. 17 nursing students will receive $1,000 each towards their degree. This nursing scholarship was created in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

You can learn more about Gina and the Foundation’s mission at 


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