New EASTERN Award: Sean C. Burke Memorial Scholarship

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award honoring the memory of 1985 Automotive Technology/Cheltenham High School graduate, Sean Burke, who passed away in January 2016. This $500 award is sponsored by the Burke family and will be presented annually at EASTERN’s Award Night ceremony to an outstanding EASTERN Automotive Technology graduating senior who will be continuing his/her education.

While Sean was like any other young boy in high school tooling around with fixing this and that, he was kind, curious and would do anything for anyone. At the age of 14 he bought a car and took apart the entire engine in his parent’s driveway only to completely drop in a new engine one piece at a time. Sean’s foundation at EASTERN opened his mind and doors leading him on the path to success. He was a mechanical prodigy, and he found the perfect fit in landscape contracting. Sean and his brother, Kevin, began Burke Brothers Landscape Design in 1990. Sean and Kevin have won countless awards and have donated their time and talents while staying committed to enhancing the beauty of their community.

“We are so grateful to the Burke family for choosing to honor Sean’s memory through a student award at EASTERN,” said Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “We are proud that Sean got his start at EASTERN and was able to start on his path to success in his chosen career field.”

Burke Brothers is a landscape design/build firm serving Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Their services include natural and formal landscape design, creative stone work, patios, pools, walkways and gardens, as well as landscape maintenance. More information can be found at

For those who are interested in contributing to the Sean C. Burke Memorial Scholarship, please send your check payable to the “EASTERN Foundation” and mail to 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Please note the Sean C. Burke Memorial Award in the note section.

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