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Freeman Bosley Sr. Solicits Donations For Child's College Tuition: "I've Spent All...I Have"

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Freeman Bosley Sr.
St. Louis alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. has spent many years giving back to the community -- and now he needs a little help in return.

So says Bosley, who is getting a lot of attention this week -- including a front-page Post-Dispatch story today -- for a letter he sent to some of his local contacts asking for donations to help pay for his daughter's college tuition.

"I've spent all the money that I have," Bosley tells Daily RFT. "You know aldermen don't make no damn money."

Bosley tells us that his daughter, Kenya Young-Bosley, who is turning eighteen next month, will attend St. Xavier University in Chicago this fall and eventually wants to go to law school. He says that she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 2 percent of her class.

He says in his letter, on view below, that because of her academic achievements, she has been awarded substantial scholarships and has knocked the $38,890 cost down to $14,276.

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St. Xavier University.

But he still needs a little bit of help.

The P-D, which first reported the letter, questions whether Bosley violated any ethics laws through this letter, but seems to answer its own question with a statement from the acting director of the Missouri Ethics Commission saying that it does not appear the letter violated any state statutes.

Nonetheless, the P-D runs with a headline on the jump on A-6 that says "Though Bosley may not have broken law, ethics questions raised."

Bosley seemed pretty perplexed by the coverage when Daily RFT reached him yesterday.

"I never asked anybody to make a check to me," he says. "I asked them to make it to St. Xavier University."

The letter directs supporters to help sponsor her and send any funds directly to the school.

"College is expensive," he says.

Bosley, whose son was mayor of St. Louis from 1993 to 1997, also argues that there's no way this is inappropriate or could lead to any unethical practices in office.

"I don't accept anything from anybody," he says. "I don't let them buy me soda."

He continues, "I wouldn't care if you supported me in my election.... I'm [not] saying if you give me $5, I'll give you $50 in city money. The city don't got no money anyway!"

He notes that he has devoted a lot of his efforts to helping children.

"This isn't the first time that a child has come to me," he says. "I've done this for many, many, many children. But it just so happens this one is my daughter. She needs help like anybody else."

He continues, "To not send that child off to college...that would be a disservice to this community. She has the ability to be somebody that's going to really make a difference in this community.... What should I do? Not let her finish college?"

He says her daughter came to him and asked for some support, and they put together the letter and sent it off to a handful of contacts.

And she'll be giving back one day -- after she gets the opportunity to attend college herself.

"Once she gets there, I know she's going to reach out and help others," he says.

For her part, Young-Bosley tells Daily RFT in a brief chat that it has been difficult to find the money she needs. She says she is considering double majoring in pre-law and pre-med.

"It's important that I go to college," she says.

Here's the letter.

Freeman Bosley Sr. Letter

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47 comments
xiaoyanzi
xiaoyanzi

She could get a student loan (like everyone else) and defer it until after graduation (like everyone else), then pay it off once she's employed (like everyone else). Unbelievable. If I was one of the "friends" who received this letter, I would say that's fine, I'll give you the same amount for sending your daughter to school that you've given to me.

Valerie Perrotta Klipfel
Valerie Perrotta Klipfel

Guess his kid will have to do what other St Louis folks do facing the same problem - choose a college you can afford, and work your way thru. For any politician to act in manner is inappropriate and could lead to conflict of interest with his duties as an alderman.

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

I think he knows` exactly what he is doing and he thinks` he is just sly enough to get away with what he is doing. He says his daughter wrote most of the letter RIGHT I`m sure he had one of his adviser write it and then the both of them signed it. That is true leadership working for the people.. He is doing this now so he can swindle the money later from the people and you watch he will be the next serving time or get a slap on the hand..

James Madison
James Madison

There is nothing wrong in asking friends and family for help paying for tuition. It just is not the best way to do it. As long as those contributing to the fund are made public, and no favoritism is shown to those individuals by his votes and bills, I do not see a problem. His bigger problem is that he'll be recusing himself from almost everything taken under consideration.

Bob Cento
Bob Cento

Has he ever heard of COMMUNITY COLLEGE?????

Shannon Thayer Guinn
Shannon Thayer Guinn

It's ridiculous!!! Maybe I should ask people for a donation or even host a fund raiser for my sons college tuition.Who does that? I think he should be embarrassed.

lisakay1
lisakay1

Why doesn't his daughter work and go to school? Thousands of people do this.

Jesse Speaks Jr
Jesse Speaks Jr

What's wrong is the media had to twist his arm for him to realize that its wrong!!!!

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

Utterly pathetic. Take out a loan like everyone else.

Brett Marshall
Brett Marshall

Why didn't she attend a public high school, that would have saved some money for college? Why is she not taking out student loans?

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Why ???? Why Freeman Bosley ? Everybody in StL knows you're a Crook.....

Scott Fogarty
Scott Fogarty

Typical. "Its mine! I wants it! And I wants use all to pay fo it!" ,Gimmie gimmie gimmie Must be a democrat...

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

It's a horrible idea, but no surprise...gimme gimme gimme

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

I think it's crazy looking for donations to pay for school, but at least it's for school - unlike what this mom is trying to do - raise money for her daughter's meidcal bills. The daughter jumped off the house and missed the pool

http://www.azcentral.com/2012/review/community/peoria/articles/20130604Arizona-woman-jumps-off-roof-and-misses-pool.html


Or trying to get donations to build a car

http://autoweekusa.kinja.com/help-the-zero-f-ks-rx-7-guy-build-a-rolls-royce-drift-510296272

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

There are hundreds of people in the City who volunteer and give selfishly of themselves for the betterment of the City Neighborhoods. They do not expect others to pay for their children's education. He is just as sleazy as his son. He needs to be removed from office.

Heatherlee Star Moudry
Heatherlee Star Moudry

if it was only sent out to a handful of friends who happen to be supporters as well i don't see the problem... you see parents al the time taking donations to help send their kids to better schools. if it was sent to all of his supporters in a blanket message, i would see a problem, but not if its only been sent to friends as he says.

Stephen Meyer
Stephen Meyer

ooooh I'd better start now, my daughter is 16 and would like to go to SLU please

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

he should go find carl officer and they can steal together.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Politicians never cease to amaze me. Makes me wonder who paid for Freeman Bosley Jr's tuition at SLU and SLU Law School. Pretty sad that he thinks this is how it works.

Susan Wolters
Susan Wolters

Send her to a college you can afford, that's what the rest of us had to do! If she is an A student, take advantage of the A+ program in Missouri. Take out a loan, and pay it off. That's what everyone else had to do!

Jeff Buydos
Jeff Buydos

I think it's wrong to go out in public with that hair cut...

Mike Bendell Sr.
Mike Bendell Sr.

Should of saved some of that $$ he earned. To ask us for $$ is ridiculous. We have our own kids to send to college. What a moron to actually believe this is OK.

Brian Swartzbaugh
Brian Swartzbaugh

No, if your dumb enough to donate while your loved ones take out loans then so be it. This family has taken advantage of the people of saint louis for a long time. How much is his salary and benefits for the few hours a week of work he puts in. People are plain stupid.

Brad Mantia
Brad Mantia

This guy is a joke. What about other students that can't afford college who are just as deserving or more than this guys daughter. Welcome to the cruelty of life. I'm personally tired of giving my money away and never seeing a dime in return. Grow a pair, get out there and get your hands dirty like the rest of us poor saps. You sir will never see a fraction of a cent from me.

Jen Fuhrman
Jen Fuhrman

Yes. Take out student loans like the rest of the damn country.

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

Yes! No other parent can do that. Why does he? Ugh people are just idiots.

Shelly DeVous
Shelly DeVous

What's wrong is that he doesn't know that it's wrong.

Cassie Norris
Cassie Norris

It doesnt matter about the rest of the article, he shouldnt have put the request out there in the first place. Welcome to the real world, just another pathetic politican looking for someone else to clean up a mess he created, via sending your kid to a college you couldnt afford from the get go, he is a moron.

Tom Lampe
Tom Lampe

How about a Kickstarter campaign?

chad_garrison
chad_garrison moderator editor

I'll side with Bosley on this one. The Post-Dispatch tried to make a big deal out of this story, but its own reporting found that Bosley didn't do anything illegal or in violation of state ethics statutes. Sure, the letter may seem a bit crass to some. But don't we want young black women from St. Louis to go to college? And is it really that awful for her father to ask his friends for help so that she can achieve that goal?

weddash
weddash

Yeah, so apply for third party scholarships or take out a loan like the rest of us. Or go to a less expensive school for the first two years then transfer. What about paying for the other three years? 

veaseylover
veaseylover

@xiaoyanzi Student loans are like signing your death warrant, especially now that they have raised the interest rates even more. And sense they are now imprisoning US citizens for debt, I think it would be behoove the lot of us to steer away from loans as much as possible.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Bob Cento Some people want to shoot for the stars, you can't knock the girl for trying to go to a really good college.  If I was able to solicit donations for my college, I'd be down. 

laxx1559
laxx1559

@lisakay1 Some programs are extremely rigorous and don't allow you the time to work very many hours.  

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Brett Marshall A quality education is essential.  Where they live they might not have adequate schools. 

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