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In Memory of Otto J. Bos

Otto J. Bos was a 1970 graduate of the department, editor of its award-winning newspaper Phoenix and an All-American soccer star. Following graduation, he became a government and politics reporter at The San Diego Union. In 1977, Otto became press secretary for San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson. Otto continued to serve Wilson as he later was elected a U.S. senator and then California governor. At the time of his death of a heart attack in 1991, Otto was Gov. Wilson’s director of communications and public affairs.

The scholarship honors Otto’s commitment to journalism and his dedication to public service. Throughout his career, Otto was admired not only for these ideals, but also for his compassion, decency, zest for competition and good-humored nature. The scholarship is intended to encourage and recognize meritorious students whose work and values reflect those held by Otto.