Emerging Philanthropist Award

Sara Phillips, '04
2019 Distinguished Awards | President's Philanthropy Award Winner

This award recognizes an individual or a couple, no older than 50 years of age, who have provided philanthropic support and creative leadership to the university.

Sara is a 2004 marketing management graduate from the College of Business Administration. She began her career at Hormel Foods in Denver, Colorado, serving as a territory business manager.  She then began working for California Casualty Management Company as a field marketing manager. For the past 10 years, Sara has worked as a national account manager for Valvoline. While there, she received the Valvoline Excellence Award after only one year with the company.

Sara has remained involved with UNI through her work with the Denver Alumni Club. She has been a part of the club since its inception and now serves as leader of the group, engaging alumni in Colorado.

As a student, Sara learned the importance of philanthropy and the need for private support for the university. She began giving to the Panther Scholarship Club as a student and has been a PSC member for 16 consecutive years. In addition, she has supported the UNI Annual Fund, College of Business Administration Dean’s Fund for Excellence, UNI Mascot Fund, UNI Athletics VIP Quasi-Endowed Fund and the Alumni Association Engagement Fund. In 2016, Sara and her husband, Zac, established an endowed scholarship in honor of her parents, Don and Rita Schmidt, and became members of the Presidents Club. Sara and her husband live in Denver, Colorado.

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Sara Phillips