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A legacy of Catholic education lives on

Through love, dedication, hard work—and especially a deep and enduring faith in God—Eugene (Gene) N. and Frances (Kay) Thull of Cawker City, Kansas, provided a college education for all five of their children. To honor two of their sons who attended Benedictine College, Tracy ’71 and Michael ‘72, and her lasting appreciation for the administration, faculty and staff who helped make their education possible, Kay established the Thull Family Scholarship. This scholarship specifically assists full-time students from Mitchell County and North Central Kansas in pursuing a world-class Catholic education at Benedictine College, just like Kay’s sons experienced.

The Thulls valued exceptional Catholic education and also remained deeply rooted in their community through the years. Gene attended Salt City Business School in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Kay attended two years at Marymount College in Salina. While Gene was serving in the Army Air Corps at Sebring, Florida, the two were married in 1945. They returned to Mitchell County in North Central Kansas to farm and to raise their children. Since both were raised in Catholic families, and Kay’s uncle, Msgr. John A. Duskie ‘21, was a graduate of St. Benedict’s College and a respected Monseigneur, their decision to send two of their sons to Benedictine College was an easy one.

The Thulls are an exceptional example of what can be achieved through faith, commitment to family and hard work. Gene and Kay never tired of their involvement in state, civic and Catholic Church activities—dedicating countless hours to serving others whether they were sitting next to them in church, living next door, in a neighboring town, or across the state. We see these same values at Benedictine College when friends share a portion of God’s blessings to help build one of America’s great Catholic colleges—one where America’s future leaders come to learn and grow.

Today, students, faculty and staff at Benedictine College reflect the dedication and hard work the Thull family demonstrated. We are grateful to God for alumni and friends who know how important it is that future generations have a chance to experience everything Benedictine College has to offer. We welcome your interest in making a gift of impact and significance like the Thull family has done, and we would love to talk to you about your vision for advancement of the college and the lives of the young people we educate and serve!

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