Honoring Pat Bosco the best way possible

A generous donor has created 30 scholarship match opportunities to honor the man who has impacted so many K-Staters.

This gift is fitting, as making college more affordable and accessible to all has been a priority of Bosco’s his entire tenure in higher education.


Pat Bosco can’t walk across campus without stopping and chatting with the many students he knows and likely helped recruit to come to Kansas State University. In his 50 years at K-State, Bosco has made it his mission to put students first, finding ways to help make college life as positive as possible for all students.

Bosco arrived at K-State in 1969 as a transfer student from upstate New York and never left. After just five months on campus, he was elected student body president. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1971 in early childhood education, Bosco landed a position as director of student activities at K-State. From there, he rose through the ranks, always in a position to look out for the best interest of students. Now, as vice president for student life and dean of students, Bosco is responsible for everything related to students, including admissions, career and employment services, housing and dining, student crisis, parent and family programming, and student financial assistance.

After serving 50 years helping to cultivate the K-State family atmosphere, Bosco is retiring to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren. To honor his many years of service and the huge impact he’s had on the lives of so many K-Staters, a generous donor has created 30 Bosco Family Scholarships through the K-State Family Scholarship match program.

With the K-State Family Scholarship Program, new gifts of $30,000 are matched with $30,000 from the seed fund provided by the anonymous donor, for a total of $60,000. $10,000 goes into an expendable fund, making $2,000 scholarships available to be awarded to students immediately. The remaining $50,000 goes into the endowment, ensuring future generations of Wildcats will receive scholarships as well.

This gift is fitting, as making college more affordable and accessible to all has been a priority of Bosco’s his entire tenure in higher education.

If you’re interested in honoring Pat Bosco and his legacy by taking advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program, please contact John Morris, senior vice president of development, at johnm@ksufoundation.org or 785-775-2007. To learn more about the K-State Family Scholarship Program, visit ksufoundation.org/family.

The K-State Family Scholarship Program supports Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University, raising $1.4 billion in support of K-State students, faculty and programs.

Dr. Pat Bosco