Flint Hills Resources awards scholarships to area high school Seniors

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, June 6, 2019

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – Flint Hills Resources helps 28 Southeast Texas high school students, six from Orange County, 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.”

Flint Hills Resources honor Jace Nunnelly and Koleman Orandy of Bridge City High School with scholarships as part of its Outstanding Student Scholarship program.

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

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.