Reagan Kays awarded Phi Kappa Phi fellowship

ReaganKaysReagan Kays, May 2015 graduate in agribusiness, received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow ship to study agriculture, business, and public policy law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

“I feel blessed to have received this honor,” Kays said. “The Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship will allow me to work less and dive deeper into the material presented to me in law school. I am excited for the next step in my academic career.”

Universities nominate one candidate for the national competition. The candidates are selected based on the expected success of the nominee in either graduate school or professional studies. The student’s academic achievements, service, leadership experience and career goals are all under consideration in selecting a fellow.

“I am so pleased that Phi Kappa Phi has chosen to recognize Reagan Kays for all of his hard work and service here at Kansas State University,” said Daralyn Gordon Arata, coordinator of the university’s Office of Pre-Law Advising. “I am very proud that he will be continuing his education at Georgetown University Law Center, a wonderful law school, and look forward to all of the good that Reagan will accomplish as he enters the legal profession.”

Kays served as the 2014-2014 student body president at K-State and took an active role in the 2015 Kansas legislative session. Kays worked hard for an medical amnesty bill for underage students who reported life-threatening situations while intoxicated. The Kansas Senate passed the bill, nicknamed the Lifeline 911. The bill died on the House floor due to other legislative actions on the state’s House of Representatives. Kays overcame the hardship and was able to enact parts of bill into the University’s policy.

“During the past year, I discovered creating policy has a deeper purpose and I want to be a positive change agent in the policy arena in my future,” Kays said.

While at K-State, Kays helped rework the Academic Freedom Statement, a referendum for student money to be used for academic buildings. He also started interest in adding non-academic misconduct to transcripts.

“Reagan has a bright future ahead of him,” said Barry Flinchbaugh, professor of agriculture economics. “He has wonderful people skills and a deep belief in the democratic process. The future of Kansas — and perhaps the nation — will benefit from his outstanding leadership.”

In addition to servicing as the Student Governing Association president, Kays served as the president K-State’s chapter of Blue Key, a senior honor society, a College of Agriculture ambassador, a member of the Kansas State University Student Foundation, and the national undergraduate director of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

“Reagan Kays displays the finest qualities of a leader: He listens, he cares, he strives for understanding and he seeks compromise,” said John Crespi, professor in agricultural economics.

Phi Kappa Phi, established in 1897, is one of the oldest and most selective collegiate honor societies. The organization honors excellence in academic in higher education. The fellowship will apply to Kay’s first year at Georgetown University Law Center.

“I have a great deal of people I would like to thank for their help during my years at K-State,” Kays said. “In short, I’d like to thank James Hohenbary, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships; Daralyn Gordon Arata, Barry Flinchbaugh and John Crespi.”

Students interested in learning more about competing for future Phi Kappa Phi awards or other scholarships can contact Hohenbary at

Original Article by: K-State Communication Services


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