Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Conroy G. O'Brien Scholarship

In 1978, Mr. Conroy O'Brien was just a few classes short of earning his college degree when he was killed in the line of duty. Mr. O'Brien was working for the Kansas Highway Patrol at the time. He had attended Sterling College on a football scholarship and then transferred to WSU to enroll in justice administration classes. He was accepted into the highway patrol in September 1974 and would have received his degree in December 1979.

Mr. O'Brien was a very popular student and an outstanding athlete. He also was known as a practical joker. In short, everybody that met him liked him. One friend said, “He was one of the finest young men I had ever known.”

The Conroy G. O'Brien Scholarship was established by wife, Mrs. Tanda O'Brien, to honor her husband.