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Banking on the future and success of small town students coming to Benedictine

Bo Fraser attended a rural Catholic high school with only five other people in his graduating class. Looking back, he now feels both surprised and proud to have enjoyed a long, successful career in banking and also to be invited to serve on the Board of Directors of Benedictine College. The values and relationships that evolved during the four years Bo studied at St. Benedict’s College set the course for the rest of his life. Bo and his wife Terry wanted to provide a similar opportunity to benefit from the Benedictine experience for a student from a small community and established The Bo and Terry Fraser Endowed Scholarship.

The qualified candidate will come from a rural community, similar to Aurora, Kansas, where Bo grew up surrounded by farmland. He graduated from St. Benedict’s College in 1964 with a degree in business and earned a degree from the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. From there, he launched into an impressive banking career. During his tenure at the Boone County National Bank in Columbia, Missouri, the bank’s assets increased from $200 million to nearly $1 billion and the number of employees more than tripled.

There really is no limit to what can be achieved with an education from Benedictine College. Our students can put down deep roots in faith, which as Bo firmly feels, can set a young person on a course for the rest of their life. Bo talks warmly about the values he now holds that were shaped at St. Benedict’s College, and the relationships he formed that are still deeply important today. What better way to respond later in life than to give another young person that same opportunity?

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