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Rev. Richard K. Burchell Educational Fund


The Rev. Richard K. Burchell Educational Fund celebrates the legacy of our fourth pastor, Fr. Burchell (2005-2020) and his passion for Catholic education. Each year, Saint Rita Parish will award a $500 scholarship to an 8th grade student. To be considered for the Rev. Richard K. Burchell Scholarship, an applicant must be a parishioner or Saint Rita School student, a current 8th grader, and must be committed to continuing his/her education at a Catholic high school in the fall.


The 2023 prompt is: How has Catholic education shaped who I am and my relationship with God? Essays are to be 600-800 words. Please submit your entry to Michelle Petitti at mpetitti@stritaparish.com no later than Friday, April 28. A winner will be announced on Friday, May 19.


Congratulations to Ryan Winterich, our 2022 Award Recipient! Ryan will attend Benedictine High School. God's blessings on you, Ryan! 

Parish contact: Mrs. Michelle Petitti