National Kitchen and Bath Association Outstanding Student Award Goes to UNK Student

Dr. Phyllis Markussen
Department of Family Studies and Interior Design

UNK– University of Nebraska at Kearney student Amanda Hagan of Ogallala has received the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Outstanding Student Award.

Sponsored by TOTO, one of the largest plumbing manufacturers in the world, the award recognizes the top kitchen and bath design students at NKBA-accredited schools across North America and rewards the top student at each school with a $450 scholarship.
Hagan, a Phi Eta Sigma national honor society member and Deans’ List student, graduated summa cum laude in May with an interior design comprehensive bachelor’s of science degree. She is the daughter of Duane and Krystyna Hagan of Ogallala.

“Congratulations to an outstanding student,” said Dr. Phyllis Markussen, Department of Family Studies and Interior Design chair. “Since she was a graduating senior when she won, her scholarship is now a cash prize.” Students from 33 colleges and universities with kitchen and bath design programs accredited by NKBA received the award. Hagan was the only Nebraska recipient.

“TOTO is proud to support future designers, because it is their vision that will help develop and drive our industry,” said Dr. Lenora Campos, TOTO USA spokesperson. “The Outstanding Student Awards program recognizes an elite group, and TOTO is honored to partner in their development. We look forward to the many ways they will contribute to this dynamic industry.”

“The NKBA is thrilled to recognize these talented students for their exceptional kitchen and bath design skill,” said Sherylin Doyle, NKBA Academic Relations manager. “We’re very grateful for TOTO’s support in making these awards possible.”

The NKBA is a non-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and Conference. NKBA has educated, and led the kitchen and bath industry, with 40,000 members for more than 45 years. The mission of NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.