When Annamaria Replogle’s father, Albert Zawalish passed away, she became determined to keep his memory alive.
After he died, Annamaria visited his grave as often as she could. Upon those visits, she noticed many old headstones, clearly those of loved ones long gone and forgotten. The realization that one day her father’s memory would be forgotten spurred her into action.
“My dad was the most generous man I have ever met,” said Annamaria. “He gave in excess to help those in need. He always told me to be generous with my money, help others when I could, and never forget my family.” Those words resonated with Annamaria; she was determined to help carry on his legacy of giving.
“My Dad loved Bishop McCort High School. When my son Gabriel was born, he insisted that he attend Bishop McCort to get the same catholic education he received. I honored that wish, and my son Gabe has been part of the Crusher family since pre-k, entering 7th grade this year. Young graduates of the school he loved so much will now have the opportunity to receive a scholarship in his name now and long after I’m gone.”
The Albert Zawalish Memorial Scholarship Fund will award its first scholarship in the 2024 academic year. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Bishop McCort senior moving on to higher education who has demonstrated the desire to give back to their community. “Dad would be happy to know that someone like his grandson Gabe, who has volunteered at Camp Park, helping his mom at YWCA events, visiting VA homes, and attended Bishop McCort, will be the recipient. Dad was a 1963 Bishop McCort graduate he loved the school and all that it stands for.
Albert was a true sports fan. He loved basketball and football, sponsoring many local teams through Rose’s Market, and working alongside his mother Rose, for 52 years.
When my dad died, I didn’t think I would make it through the night let alone be here 19 months later. I’m proud to say we have our scholarship fund firmly established, just in time for Dad’s birthday this month.