Arizona State University
Wichita Heights High School, 2022
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Toller Phipps, a 2022 Finalist in the Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Scholarship competition, is a Wichita Heights Falcon and the son of Brian and Hilary Phipps. He has a fiery little sister, Magnolia, who is the catalyst for many of his life choices.
Toller plans to begin his academic career in the field of electrical engineering with an emphasis in renewable energies at Arizona State University. He will also be a part of the Barrett Honors College at ASU.
His interest in engineering grew during his freshman year in High School when he, along with his partner, became the Kansas State Champions in Mobile Robotics. While placing 16th at Nationals Toller cultivated relationships with other like minded peers that fostered his resolve to work on green solutions to energy problems. His graduate level studies will be in politics and law. As a chosen participant in the ACLU’s National Advocacy Institute, and the big brother to his sister Magnolia who has Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, Toller plans on being a supporter, and a voice, to those who do not always have one.
Toller has already begun his path in politics. In between participating in three different high school sports and being the President of Peer Leaders and The National Honor Society, Toller started and maintained a voting registration drive at his high school. He also volunteered as a poll worker for the county election office during the November elections.
Learning from others is a trait that Toller fosters by participating in as many diverse classes, clubs and activities as he can fit into a day. By participating in welding classes, pottery clubs and a myriad of volunteer opportunities Toller continues to engage his interests while always taking the opportunity to learn from others and hear their many different life experiences. By listening to others and trying to understand all sides Toller sees a parallel with Timothy O’Shaughnessy whose traits of caring and humility were a key part of him.
Toller can’t wait to utilize the support given to him by being part of the Timothy O’Shaughnessy Foundation in hopes to continue to show the world the traits and qualities that Timothy possessed.