White is the son of Bill White Jr. and Melissa White, is a North graduate, has a 4.0 average and is majoring in aerospace and mechanical engineering. White started with 54 Advanced Placement hours and is considered a second semester junior. He studied at Cambridge, England, during the summer.
A member of the fraternity system, White was Outstanding Greek New Member Finalist for 2012. He was an active member of the OSU Honors College Program and admitted into W.W. Allen Scholars Program by the College of Engineering.
He was selected as Athletic Alliance (SGA) Committee Member in Fall 2011 and Co-Vice Chair of Athletic Alliance (SGA) in Spring 2012 for Academic Year 2012-13, and he was a counselor for Camp Cowboy in Spring 2012.
He was elected as vice president for his fraternity pledge class and social chair for social fraternity in spring 2012, Greek Week Chair and Freshman Follies director for his social fraternity.
White worked with Stillwater Parks, Events, and Recreation second- and third-grade boys basketball as coach, Food Bank of OKC, Harvest Carnival and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma as a mentor for a seventh-grader.
He participated in Freshmen Follies, and Intramural Flag Football, and Intramural 5 on 5 Basketball.
He is a member of Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City.
“As a fourth-generation Oklahoma State Cowboy, I have been attached to this university since birth,” White said. “At age 8 I was regularly attending football and basketball games with my father. Those early experiences laid the foundation for what became my love for Oklahoma State University. Once I set foot onto campus as a freshman I chose to devote not only my love but my actions into Oklahoma State.
“Nothing has been more rewarding than to affect and be affected by my university in the positive way I have experienced.”
Phil said he has invested much time and passion into showing his love for the university.
All 40 of the students will continue with an interview process with the Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board at OSU that will help determine the selection of the Top Ten Freshmen Men and Top Ten Freshmen Women be announced at a later date.
The top 10 winners will be formally recognized, along with their families, during a ceremony on Oct. 27, in the Willard Living Room at OSU, and later in the day on the field at the OSU-TCU football game.
The annual top freshmen selection is one of several events sponsored annually by the Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board, which was founded at OSU in 1930 by 12 senior women. Each year, members sell Mortar Board calendars to their fellow students at OSU, and funds raised allow the chapter to sponsor events and support several local and area philanthropies.