Bill Patek Leadership Award Endowed Scholarship
Bill Patek was an automotive instructor who served students and inspired colleagues at the MSU Billings College of Technology (now City College at MSU Billings) since 1970. Regarded as an outstanding teacher, Mr. Patek kept pace with technological developments in the automotive industry and successfully conveyed that knowledge to successive generations of graduates of his program. His skill as a teacher was also recognized by other faculty members, many whom emulate him. The Bill Patek Leadership Award Endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Mr. Patek. In 2002, Mr. Patek retired after 32 years as an instructor. He died September 9, 2003, after a courageous six-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer. The first scholarship was awarded in academic year 2002-2003.