cba oceanfirstThe scholarship is in memory of Joe Burke, a 1965 CBA graduate and OceanFirst Board of Director.

PHOTO: Standing from left: Br. Frank Byrne (President, CBA), Christopher Maher (CEO, OceanFirst Bank), Katherine Durante (Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation); sitting: Jeanne Burke. Photo credit: CBA

LINCROFT, N.J.  – In memory of 1965 graduate Joe Burke, OceanFirst Foundation has established the Joe Burke Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Christian Brothers Academy.

With a donation of $50,000, OceanFirst begins a four-year endowed scholarship for future CBA students in memory of Burke, who was a longtime, well-respected member of the OceanFirst Board of Directors. This endowed scholarship will span the life of the school, serving a countless number of Academy men. With Burke's wife, Jeanne, and his three children present, CBA held a small signing ceremony on Friday, November 2nd to officially begin the scholarship. OceanFirst Bank's Chairman and CEO Christopher Maher and the Foundation's Executive Director Katherine Durante represented OceanFirst at the signing ceremony.

“At OceanFirst, we were fortunate to have Joe Burke, Christian Brothers Academy Class of 1965, as a valued member of our Board of Directors," Maher said. "Joe left a lasting impact on our organization and often spoke of the principles and values he received during his education at the Academy. We consider it a privilege that Jeanne Burke and her children have allowed us to honor Joe’s memory with the Joe Burke Memorial Endowed Scholarship for the benefit of Academy men."

As part of the Scholarship Initiative started in 2013, Christian Brothers Academy now has nearly 75 different scholarships in place. Several of these scholarships allow for multiple awardees at a time.