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Phillips 66 SHIELD Scholars Program


Each year approximately 25 students from the College of Engineering and the College of Business are selected to serve as a scholar within the SHIELD Scholars program.  The program is through Phillips 66 and is dedicated to attract, develop and lead talented individuals in their careers, while furthering their efforts to positively impact the energy market with diversity of thought and global perspective.  This highly valued scholarship offers a variety of exceptional opportunities for the scholars selected, including a $3,500 annual scholarship, involvement in enrichment opportunities, cultural events, community service and engagement programs, leadership activities that focus on service learning and personal growth, and development through mentoring and guidance from an assigned Phillips 66 professional.  

The Phillips 66 SHIELD Scholars program is designed for high-potential undergraduate students who have an interest in our industry and who meet certain academic and activity requirements.

2019 Continuing Scholars
  • Engineering Scholars
    • Aubrey Busenitz, Hayden Bryant, Antonio Carter, Ethan Hammond, Jesus Loera
  • Finance Scholars
    • Eli Camp, Amy Scott-Sanjur
  • IT Scholars
    • Joe Malone, Jordan Martin, Mary Pat Siebert, Michelle Villagrana

Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

The Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is presented to 12-14 graduating seniors who are nominated by staff in the Division of Student Life. The nominations are open in early spring semester. The students must have excelled in two or more areas of student life. Award winners are selected by a committee of student life staff members who make recommendations to Dr. Bosco, who makes the final selections. The award has been in place since 1999. The award winners receive a plaque with their pictures and an engraving. The professionally-done pictures are taken at the students' favorite campus locations, giving them a lasting memory of their K-State days. There is a reception for the awards, which is attended by family, friends, supporters, staff, and faculty of each student.

NOMINATE a student!


Kansas State University Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco, front left, with the winners of the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. From front left: Olivia Baalman, Haley Hannaman, Bryan Davis, Marisol Garcia, Reina Garcia, and Trystan Mies; and from back left: Mary Abounabhan, Staci Gann, Gabrielle Riggs, Trenton Kennedy, Maxamillyan Badgett, and Jack Ayres. 

2018 Recipients

Mary Abounabhan, Jack Ayres, Olivia Baalman, Maxamillyan Badgett, Bryan Davis, Staci Gann, Marisol Garcia, Reina Garcia, Haley Hannaman, Trenton Kennedy, Trystan Mies, and Gabrielle Riggs.

Previous Recipients

Outstanding Staff Awards

The Outstanding Staff Awards recognize one Graduate Student, one New Unclassified Professional, and one Unclassified Professional within the Division of Student Life who has had exemplary performance in their role.

Putting Students First Award

The Putting Students First Award is presented to one full-time teaching faculty member and one full-time staff member who work in the Division of Student Life (all of the areas that report to Dr. Bosco). The nominations are open in the early spring semester. Any student, faculty or staff member may nominate someone; however, a student must either be the nominator or write a letter of support for the nomination. Award winners are selected by an award committee made up of staff members in the Division of Student Life serving on the Staff Development Committee. The award winners receive a plaque at a reception attended by department members, faculty, friends, and family of all recipients and nominees. Award winners also receive a monetary award. Other nominees receive a certificate.

2017 Recipients

Faculty: Trisha Gott was awarded the Putting Students First Award for Faculty for her exemplary role as the director for service learning at the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Gott was nominated by Byron Williams.

Staff: Brandon Haddock was awarded the Putting Students First Award for Division of Student Life Staff for his commitment and service to the LGBT Resource Center. Haddock was nominated by Andy Thompson.

Previous Recipients