Bishop Ward High School

Bishop Ward High School Hosts First Annual Scholarship Dinner

Bishop Ward High School Hosts First Annual Scholarship Dinner

 Kansas City, Kan. – Bishop Ward High School is excited to announce the first annual Spirit of Bishop Ward Scholarship Dinner on Sunday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Bishop Ward. All proceeds from this event benefit the Student Scholarship Fund which ensures that all students, regardless of income, have access to a quality Catholic education. Bishop Ward awards more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year.

This new event will feature cocktail hour and dinner with members of the community who care about Catholic education, a keynote address from Toby Cook, Vice President for Publicity with the Kansas City Royals, a personal testimonial from current Bishop Ward Junior, Ricardo Calderon, and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to honor and celebrate the three newest inductees, Patricia Service Burns ’60, Thomas Kokoruda ’64, and Dr. Brian McKiernan ’74.

Patricia Service Burns received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Personnel Administration in 1964. She has spent her career directing and establishing a variety of programs through private, private nonprofit and state and federal agencies providing services to families, children, infants, persons with disabilities and seniors with diverse and low income populations nationwide. 

Thomas Kokoruda received his Juris Doctor degree in Law in 1972 and joined the team at Shughart, Thomson and Kilroy soon after. He remained with the firm through the merger with Polsinelli where he currently serves as a trial lawyer. Tom has served as President of the School Board at Holy Cross Catholic School, and served on the Board of the Order of St. Thomas supporting St. Thomas Aquinas High School and the Archdiocesan Foundation Board.

Dr. Brian McKiernan received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Physical Therapy as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Physiology. He was elected as a Commissioner of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas in 2011 and has been working hard on policies and programs that will benefit the people in Kansas City, Kansas and insure it stays a great place to live and raise a family.

The Spirit of Bishop Ward Scholarship Dinner is proudly sponsored by Polsinelli, Providence Medical Center, and John ’64 and Laura ’65 Caulfield.

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Bishop Ward High School is the only Catholic high school in Wyandotte County.  Since 1908, its mission is to provide a quality, Catholic, college-preparatory education in a Christ-centered community that nurtures the body, mind and soul of each student.  For more information, visit


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