College of Business economics major Zachary Pate has been named to the 2018 class of Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows.

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Zachary Pate

Sixteen rising college juniors are selected annually to participate in a six-week, fully funded institute that focuses on leadership at Mount Vernon, Va., home of America’s first president.

“I think the experience will really help me develop as a leader and critical thinker,” said Zachary of Granbury, Texas, which is southwest of Dallas. “At the same time, I’m finding a way to give back to the university.”

The curriculum framework, which highlights the inspirational leadership model of George Washington, encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth, and ultimately take action as a leader.

Students will meet with some of the nation’s top leaders, engage with other fellows on leadership styles and skills, and collaborate with their assigned mentor on their individual capstone projects. Each fellow takes a personal passion of theirs and turns it into a blueprint for action. The capstone culminates in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.

Through his capstone project, Zachary said he wants to “bring a more international perspective to Clemson’s localized campus and region.”

Students must be nominated for the fellowship through two letters or recommendation by Jan. 31 each year. Finalists are selected and notified by Feb. 19, Washington’s birthday.

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