Through the Platt Family Foundation, Mary Ann and Larry Platt (Brother Rice Class of 1968) have provided $278,600 in scholarship funds for 173 students since 2003.


Due to hybrid learning, 41 members of the Class of 2022 competed for the scholarship over two days on November 18th and 19th.  Since 2003, 1,162 Brother Rice students have sat for the 70-minute contest.  

Writing skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum at Brother Rice, and Mary Ann and Larry, who are both engineers, rely on clear communications throughout the daily operations of their science based international company, RQA, Inc.  Their scholarship offers added incentive for students to become good writers.  Student winners and other participants are also offered internship positions at the RQA headquarters in Orland Park.


All the winners were announced at the school on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.


The first place winner, Connor Leahy ‘22 of Oak Lawn

Second place winner, Robert Pratl ’22 of Chicago Ridge

Colin Clisham ’22 of West Beverly 


Honorable Mention Awards went to the following members of the Class of 2022: 

Patrick Carney of West Beverly

Patrick Galeher of Mt Greenwood

Nathan Kacynski of Mt Greenwood

Connor Melean of Mt Greenwood

Dylan Warda of Beverly