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In tribute to him as a lifetime educator, counselor, coach and inner-city youth advocate, it is the intention of this foundation to consistently carry the honor, integrity and commitment always proudly held by Rudy C. Burrola
General Scholarship Program
The very essence of the Foundation's formation and continued focus is the granting of the Rudy C. Burrola Memorial Scholarship.The scope currently includes two high school scholarships.The first is presented a student of the Glendale Union High School District, where Rudy served over twenty-five years as teacher, coach, and guidance counselor.
The second is presented to a student in Rudy's hometown of Superior, Arizona.
It is our desire to expand the program to include as many areas and deserving college-bound youths as possible.
...Rudy C. Burrola
On September 19, 1931, Rudy Burrola
entered the classroom of life; a classroom that would offer its share of challenging assignments, but certainly one which would render numerous invaluable lessons. Rudy C. Burrola
was born in Superior, Arizona into a fatherless household, to an extraordinary mother; one who toiled in depression-gripped times, but was still able to place nourishment in front of him and prayer always behind him. Very well aware that academic success could extricate a small-town boy from the clench of poverty, from the potential throes of an uncomfortable life, Rudy graduated from Superior High School with honors.
An MVP baseball pitcher and outfielder, he
attended and played ball at Arizona State College
(now University) while pursuing a degree in Education.
As fate would have it, Rudy's education was interrupted because of the financial burden shouldered by his
mother, Tillie.He went back home to work the copper mines of Superior... with his new bride, Dolores.Upon her insistence and his ethic, Dolores commuted Rudy to and from Tempe to finally complete his degree in 1959.His
first assignment was at home, Superior High School
, as an English teacher and baseball coach. Seeing the need for providing larger opportunities for his family and him, in 1968 Rudy moved his family to Phoenix, and began his twenty-five year career as teacher, counselor, and coach in the Glendale Union High School District.
In those twenty-five years, Rudy
had the great privilege of making very special friends; of helping mold decent and directed human beings; of offering his
shoulders as a carriage for plight.His
rewards for working with disadvantaged youth were conferred upon him when the student recognized that no matter the socioeconomic climate in which he
resided, "disadvantaged" was indeed a misnomer.
retirement in 1992, Rudy
continued to work with inner-city youth, still affecting lives.
death on March 19, 1998, Rudy
work through all his
friends and family...still affecting lives.