Seventeen miles outside of Dodge City, you’ll find the small town of Spearville—near where Glenn and Patricia Torline have been farming for more than 50 years. They raised four sons in the process: three are now attorneys and one a veterinarian. It’s through God’s many blessings that they’re now able to create a scholarship for young people from Kansas with a financial need and a deep desire to study at Benedictine College.
The Torlines are a clear example of Kansas’ reputation as a place that provides for others. As a Catholic family, it’s part of their faith to serve rather than to be served. When they are blessed, they are even more inclined to give to others in financial need—especially students who want to continue their education at Benedictine College, but otherwise might not be able to afford it.
Glenn feels blessed to have been able to attend St. Benedict’s College, where he graduated in 1957. Pat graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College the year before in 1956. All four of their sons, Michael ’82, Terry ’83, Paul ’87 and Stephen ’93 attended Benedictine College and went on to pursue professional degrees.
Glenn and Pat were awarded the annual Benedictine College Family Award during halftime of the Raven football game on September 26, 2009. Their generosity will benefit many future Ravens and continue to inspire many more Benedictine College supporters.