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Last updated 6/17/2019 at Noon


Flint Hills Resources helps 28 Southeast Texas high school students advance their education this year by awarding each an Outstanding Student Scholarship. This May, $42,000 in scholarships will be distributed to 11 area high schools.

“Supporting young people to improve their lives through education is important to us. These students are leaders among their peers showing the skills to achieve their academic goals,” said John Spell, site manager for Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur. “Congratulations to these exemplary students for their academic successes.”

Scholarship recipients are nominated and selected by their schools based on their academic records, an essay on the concept of principled entrepreneurship, demonstrated leadership skills and participation in their communities. Recipients must also plan to pursue a field of study related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics or craft trades.

“This year’s honorees represent a promising group of future leaders and we are proud to support them,” said Larry Van Horn, vice president of southern pipeline operations for Flint Hills Resources. “It is exciting to see young people interested in skilled trades like welding or electrical technician. The area’s industrial growth will need a strong skilled workforce to support our future.”

Combined, Flint Hills Resources has awarded over $202,000 in scholarships to students from Southeast Texas high schools since 2015.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 honorees:

Flint Hills Resources Outstanding Student Scholarship Recipients

Jace Nunnelly – Bridge City High School

Koleman Orandy - Bridge City High School

Allee Walterscheid - Barbers Hill High School

Chailey Wilchek – Barbers Hill High School

Athena Janobas – Goose Creek Memorial High School

Jaan Ayson – Goose Creek Memorial High School

Dylan Magill – Goose Creek Sterling High School

Oscar Villanueva – Goose Creek Sterling High School

Trenton Stephens – Hamshire-Fannett High School

Makayla Pirtle – Hamshire-Fannett High School

Sawyer Alvis – Hardin- Jefferson High School

Logan McLeod – Hardin-Jefferson High School

Destyn Miguez – Nederland High School

Katie Gillard – Nederland High School

Logan Forse – Orangefield High School

Caleb Castro - Orangefield High School

Sebastian Aguilar – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Leah Collins – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Juan Garza – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Jakaila Neal – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Jesus Gonzalez – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Angelique Ramos – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Jasmin Reyes – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Julia Sion – Port Arthur Memorial High School

Daniel Lovelace – Port Neches- Groves High School

David Minter – Port Neches – Groves High School

Shane Brandao – West Orange- Stark High School

Eric Robertson – West Orange – Stark High School

About Flint Hills Resources

Flint Hills Resources is an industry leader in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients, with operations primarily in the Midwest and Texas.

Its manufacturing capability is built upon six decades of refining experience, and the company has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $15 billion since 2002.

Based in Wichita, Kansas, the company has more than 4,000 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Flint Hills Resources’ subsidiaries produce and market gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, asphalt, ethanol, biodiesel, olefins, polymers and base oils.

They also produce distillers corn oil, distillers grains and fertilizers.

Flint Hills Resources owns or operates more than 4,000 miles of pipeline that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids and chemicals.

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