Published on Oct. 10, 2017
Updated on Oct. 14, 2020
Kam Phillips (Bachelor’s of Social Work ’12) was well known during her time at Mizzou as a charismatic, caring person with the vigor to initiate change within her community. A rodeo champion and MU Homecoming Queen, more importantly she founded Dream Outside the Box, a not-for-profit organization that helps underprivileged children gain exposure to exciting new opportunities that they might not otherwise have access to.
Selected as a Truman Scholar in 2011, Phillips attended the program’s 2012 Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. Through this program, Phillips met renowned scholars and politicians from around the country, including former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware), the first Truman Scholar to serve in the U.S. Senate. In a visit to the White House, Phillips had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama. Phillips fondly remembers the Summer Institute as “like having a golden ticket around the city.”
Phillips is grateful for the friends she has made and opportunities the Truman Scholarship has offered. She fondly observes, “With a diverse group of policy interests, past experiences, cultural background and points of view, there is something, or someone, for everyone and there is no denying the power of ‘Trumanity.’ ”
While Kam Phillips’ achievements during her time at Mizzou earned her the Truman Scholarship, her outstanding vibrancy and merit did not go unnoticed by her fellow scholars. Phillips was selected by fellow Truman Scholars as the keynote speaker representative at Truman Scholar Leadership Week.
As of the spring of 2013, Phillips is working with Dream Outside the Box at its headquarters in Fort Worth. As Chief Executive Dreamer, Phillips hopes to expand DOTB into new cities. In the future, she plans to continue her work with DOTB and is “leaning heavily” toward pursuing an MBA at Stanford University.