Dino Richard Ghilotti Motta
Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dino Richard Ghilotti, B.B.A. '13
(1991 - 2013)
Dino Richard Ghilotti was an original from the day he was born January 6, 1991. Known as a loving leader from a very young age and “Captain” as he was sometimes called by some of his friends at the U, Dino sailed into the afterlife on May 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida, his college home for the last four years.
From the time he was a little boy, Dino was known for his love of school, athletics and art, his inclusive, loving and generous ways and for always having a encouraging word for his peers, regardless of who you were. Stories and stories of him opening his arms to all who needed him are heartful and many.
Though he only had 22 turns around the sun, he left an undeniable mark on his community with far-reaching effects across the country. People have been known to share the impact he had on the quality of their lives by saying “because of you, I didn’t give up”, "because of you, I'm a better person, “you treated everyone like family” and “you were a role model to everyone around you.” Whether you were 8, 18 or 78, Dino treated that moment as if it was the most important moment he had ever been a part of.
He attended the University of Miami where he graduated with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Art. For the last few months of his senior year, Dino spent four hours every night working on ceramic and glass-blown art in the University’s art studio. His pensive, thoughtful and creative spirit is once expressed through a note sent to his sister one month before he passed, “I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last four years and am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to go to Miami. It has been an experience that put the finishing touches on the man I am and will become.”
One of his professors at the U said this "although I knew Dino for only five months, it was evident that he was beyond his years in how he carried himself, in his demeanor, and in his unshakable good disposition. In class Dino was always smiling, always respectful and always prepared for class. His classmates loved working with him and the client assigned to them as a class project was very impressed with Dino. Dino brought the light into every room."
Dino’s loving legacy will be carried on at the University of Miami through the Dino Richard Ghilotti Motta "Canes Care for Canes" Scholarship Fund. This is a scholarship created for and will be awarded to students that would not otherwise be able to attend the University of Miami and that choose to pursue a similar virtue of inclusiveness, love and creativity through all that they do in their academic, sport and art-filled lives.
As friends and family continue to sing “Spread love, that’s the Dino way,” the scholarship will also be doing that.