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Jared Kuykendall Wins 2021 International Balfour Award

Jared Kuykendall, OKLAHOMA STATE 2021, accepted the 2021 International Balfour Award during the closing ceremony of the Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop held July 27 to 31 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Given annually to Sigma Chi’s most outstanding graduating senior, the International Balfour Award has been presented since 1930 when Significant Sig Paul Hagemann, WASHINGTON (ST. LOUIS) 1930, was honored following the 1929 to 1930 academic year.

Kuykendall graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a degree in business administration. At Oklahoma State, Kuykendall was active in several organizations, such as Phi Kappa Phi, a National Honor Society recognizing the top 7.5 percent of students at universities; the National Society of Leadership and Success; Order of Omega, an honor society recognizing fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities; the Spears School of Business as a scholar leader and ambassador; and the President’s Leadership Council. He served his Fraternity chapter as Consul, Magister, recruitment chairman and risk manager. At the international level, he served on subcommittees of the Fraternity’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Kuykendall will join the previous year’s honoree, Samuel Romes, LOUISVILLE 2020, and two undergraduate representatives to serve on the Fraternity’s Executive Committee. He will be on the committee for two years as an advocate for undergraduates.

Runners-up to the award are Yancy LeGrande, LOUISIANA STATE 2021, and Max Troyke, HILLSDALE 2021. Kuykendall and the runners-up will receive a scholarship from Sigma Chi for their postgraduate education thanks to support from In Hoc Napa Valley and Significant Sig Brandon Chaney, INDIANA 1993.

Notable IBA winners include the late Huntsman Cancer Institute founder Jon Huntsman Sr., PENNSYLVANIA 1959, as well as Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop namesake, 64th Grand Consul and former Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach, PURDUE 1979. Both men also are recipients of the Significant Sig Award and inductees into the Order of Constantine.