Brandon Giordano Football Scholarship Fund

Est. 2015 as a scholarship fund by Angela Borrelli in memory of her son Brandon to help student achieve their academic goals.

Oxford High School mourned the untimely death of a student in March of 2012 when 15-year old sophomore, Brandon Giordano, tragically passed away in anautomobile accident. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Angela Borrelli, Brandon's mother and a life-long Oxford resident, created a scholarship fund tohonor Brandon's memory and benefit a graduating member of the football team who shared his enthusiasm for life.

Football had recently become a big part of life for Brandon. For him, it was about brotherhood, respect and discipline - many of the qualities that have a lasting impact both on and off the field. "It wasn't until his passing that I learned how his true impact within the high school community and among his peers went far beyond anything I could have imagined," Angela said. "The amount of people he touched with his humor, smile and generous bear hugs is incredible, and is something that nobody will ever forget."

The conversation about what more could be done with the scholarship fund started when a friend of Angela's suggested she endow the scholarship at VCF so the fund, like Brandon's legacy, could benefit Oxford students in perpetuity. Angela hopes this annual scholarship will help a graduating senior member of the football team, who exemplifies Brandon's attributes and team-spirit, by defraying some of the rising costs of higher education.

According to Angela, establishing an endowed scholarship fund was very easy. "I was able to better understand community foundations after meeting with Sharon Closius, VCF President and CEO, to discuss similar funds that were endowed at VCF." Angela added, "I especially liked how VCF is a local organization that specifically focuses on the Valley. This whole experience has been so personal, not transactional."

"Brandon had such a big heart, positive attitude and infectious laugh that never failed to bring a smile to others," said Angela. "Having this scholarship at VCF helps to ensure that Brandon's life will be honored for all the wonderful things he did and as the special young man we were so fortunate to know."

To make a tax-deductible contribution to this fund, please complete the secure, online credit card form below: