Kaitlin Phillips ('16)

(Hinckley, Illinois)
Sociology and International Studies

The liberal arts education at Loras College creates adaptive thinkers, able to be successful in any circumstance.”

Kaitlin Phillips (’16) represents the best of what Duhawks can be. A member of the honors program and a successful athlete, Kaitlin has thrown herself into Loras life, uncovering and diving deeper into her passions. Kaitlin entered Loras committed to playing Division III women’s basketball. She quickly found her way to a leadership role as team captain and with her high GPA, consistently earned a spot on the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

“Being a Division III athlete has helped me learn the value and necessity of dedication and commitment to success.”

Kaitlin’s passions and commitments reach outside of athletics. She is the president of the Loras chapter of the Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) national scholastic honor society and received a national DES scholarship. Her honors projects have focused on community partnerships in the City of Dubuque that promote education about local history and strengthen neighborhoods.

More broadly, inspired by Loras’ commitment to service, she pursued an opportunity to volunteer in Kitengela, Kenya, for five weeks, teaching students math, English and physical education. Furthermore, she traveled to New York to fulfill a service experience focused on workers’ rights and interfaith collaboration, funded by a Loras College Valder Social Justice Award. Kaitlin also supports her fellow Duhawks as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and as a peer assistant assigned to first year students.


“After Loras, I aspire to attend law school with a focus in civil rights law. Not only have the faculty and staff here at Loras been helpful with guiding me through the law school process, but they have also given me valuable tools that I know will be successful.”

“I have come to understand that these types of relationships and the sense of community that is fostered at Loras is something that is hard to find elsewhere. Through faculty, staff and peers, each individual student will find that they have a community of people who genuinely wish to see them succeed. The authenticity of relationships truly makes Loras an incredible place.”

The Catholic identity woven into a Loras education shapes college students into holistic thinkers in which the fortune and well-being of others takes precedence.

As the third child to attend college, Kaitlin entered Loras at a time of financial stress for her family. With her mother facing a mandatory retirement and her father pursuing his passion for teaching, Loras’ financial assistance substantially reduced her family’s financial burden.

“Financial support made an out-of-state private education an option for me. Future financial support will be critical for Loras to maintain its reputation of academic excellence. By supporting students financially, Loras can continue to draw high-level academic students and maintain the amazing achievements that are such a part of its character.”

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