Fox news TV personality Bill O'Reilly graduated from Marist College in 1971 and he often speaks fondly of the school. O'Reilly hosts the highest rated show on the Fox News Channel and has made a lot of money for the network and himself. He just donated $1 million to start a scholarship program at Marist.


The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the scholarship will be named the  Peter P. O’Keefe, PhD. Endowed Scholarship to honor a teacher that O'Reilly had when he studied history at Marist.

"Dr. O’Keefe was an exceptional teacher, scholar and mentor,” O’Reilly said in a statement. “I am pleased to be able to establish a scholarship in his honor so that others can benefit as I did from a great Marist education.”

The scholarship will be a full ride for one student each year. The student that gets chosen will have to be exceptional academically and show great leadership skills. Financial need will of course be a big factor in the decision to grant the money. The first  Peter P. O’Keefe scholarship winner will be with the class of 2020.

O'Reilly's show "The Factor" is on weeknights on Fox and it's been at the top of cable news show ratings for 15 years. He is also a successful author and public speaker. O'Reilly often tours the country with comedian Dennis Miller. Their shows most often sell out at every venue they play.