Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz will receive a prestigious national honor Saturday related to his work with the Boy Scouts.
Schulz, who has been active in the Boy Scouts for many years, will receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association. The award recognizes individuals who, after receiving their Eagle Award at least 25 years ago, have distinguished themselves in their career and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.
The award will be presented at a noon luncheon Saturday at the Manhattan Country Club.
Along with serving as university president, Schulz is president of the Coronado Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is only the second person from the council to earn the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, whose recipients also include Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
“I am honored to receive this distinction and humbled to join a list of remarkable leaders from across numerous fields and industries that all have the Eagle Scout Award in common,” Schulz said. “Scouting provides a great foundation for success and I wholeheartedly encourage every family to participate in the adventure and learning available in a local Scouting unit.”
Schulz has long volunteered with Scouting, from serving as a scoutmaster in Mississippi to organizing Cub Scout camps in Michigan. Both of his sons have also earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Schulz has actively served on the board for the Coronado Area Council since arriving in Manhattan to lead the university. He often shares his belief that having the Eagle Scout Award on his resume made a difference in his career.