The John P. Burke Memorial Fund, also known as, The Burke Fund, has named Amanda Parker as its new Executive Director.
The Burke Fund is one of the oldest golf scholarship funds in the country, providing financial aid to students who have worked in the industry.
“As a former Burke Scholar, I know how important this scholarship is to our scholars’ families. I look forward to being a part of the effort to bring the Burke Fund to the next level, making a positive difference in our scholars’ and their families’ lives for many years to come,” said Parker.
Parker replaces former Executive Director Maury Davitt, who passed away in June.
Parker took over the role on January 1.
Along with working for the Burke Fund, Parker is the Development and Events Coordinator at San Miguel School of Providence.
Previously, she was the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Johnson & Wales University, National Sales Manager at the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Coordinator of Club Relations and Events for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, and an Admissions Counselor at Saint Mary Academy Bay View.
“As a past Burke Scholar, accomplished golfer, and proven development professional, Amanda has the background and vision to lead the John P. Burke Scholarship fund as it enters its 74th year of providing financial aid to deserving college students. This year, we have committed to awarding $195,500 in student assistance, and Amanda will be integral in ensuring we continue to meet the needs of students going forward,” said Joseph Calabro, Jr., President of the Burke Fund.
Parker earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University.
About The Burke Fund
Established in 1946 and named after John Burke, a Newport resident and talented golfer whose career was cut short by WWII, the Burke Fund is one of the oldest golf scholarship programs in the country.
It assists qualified students who have worked for at least two years in the direct service of members of a Rhode Island Golf Association affiliated club – who must nominate applicants – by providing need-based aid ranging from $750 to $4,000 a year for up to four years at an accredited college or university.