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Source: Bill Muir, 785-532-6237,

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Service and leadership to the K-State Student Union has earned two Kansas State University students the Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega K-State Student Union Leadership Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarships were presented May 9 to Jacob Shaw, a graduating senior in social science, Manhattan, and Peter Boos, a senior in architectural engineering, Overland Park, at the K-State Student Union's Union Program Council/Union Governing Board banquet. Shaw and Boos are the 26th and 27th recipients of the award.

Shaw has served the K-State Student Union for more than four years as an employee and as a member of the Union Program Council. He is the 2008-2009 president of the Union Program Council, and has also served as co-chair of the council's After Hours and Films committees. Shaw has studied abroad in England and is a resident assistant at K-State's Van Zile Hall. He has worked his way through school, both at the Union and at Target. He is a graduate of Turner High School in Kansas City, Kan.

Boos was the 2008-2009 president of the Union Governing Board, and will serve as president of the Union Corporation Board for the next school year. As Union Governing Board president, he chaired all board meetings as well as those of its Executive Committee. He also represented the Union at banquets, ribbon-cutting ceremonies and before the K-State Student Senate. Boos also serves as a student senator and as chair of the senate's Operations Committee. He is a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, where he has been vice president and president. He also received the fraternity chapter's 2009 Bensman President's Award for being the most outstanding member – the first time a member has received the award in two consecutive years. In addition, he has received the fraternity chapter's Holstrom Memorial Outstanding Senior Award and The Trustees' Brotherhood Award.

The Winter Scholarship is named for Stanley L. "Stan" Winter, a 1986 graduate of K-State who died in 1992 at the age of 27. Winter was a member of K-State's chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, serving in various offices, including scholarship chair, brotherhood chair and member of the Executive Committee. He also was a recipient of the chapter's Thomas Arkle Clark Outstanding Senior Award and the chapter adviser's Brotherhood Award. In addition, Winter was actively involved with the K-State Student Union, serving as president of the Union Program Council and as a member of the Union Governing Board. He received the Union Program Council's Outstanding Leadership Award in 1986.

After receiving his bachelor's from K-State in agricultural economics with honors, Winter served as program adviser at the K-State Student Union. He earned his master's in student counseling from K-State in 1989, then served as program director at the University of Northern Colorado Student Union.

The purpose of the Winter Scholarship is to perpetuate Winter's memory on the K-State campus and to provide educational opportunities and assistance for upper-level students who possess exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character. The K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund established the Winter Scholarship with donations from the Winter family, brothers of Alpha Tau Omega and friends. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, be of good character, sound academic standing and have contributed to the quality of programs and activities of the K-State Student Union.

A three-member committee, which includes the president of the endowment fund, a member of the Alvin Winter family and the director of the K-State Student Union, selects the scholarship recipients.

"We are very pleased to be able to again offer this scholarship to outstanding students involved in Union programs and activities," said Bernard Pitts, assistant vice president and director of the K-State Student Union. "Special thanks to the local Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund and the Winter family for making this scholarship a reality, and congratulations to Peter and Jacob as this year's scholarship recipients."

Kent Winter, representing the Winter family, said, "We are extremely proud to have this scholarship named after my brother. These two students are the K-State Student Union's outstanding student leaders, and possess good, all-around qualities that fit the criteria for this scholarship. I know that Stan would be proud of both of them."

"We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to award this scholarship in memory of Stan Winter to outstanding students like Peter Boos and Jacob Shaw," said William L. Muir, president of the K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund. "Stan loved the Union, he loved his fraternity, he loved K-State, and he loved life in general. It is very appropriate that we memorialize his life of service with these scholarships."