CLEMSON — Ten sophomores in Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science have been selected as the first group of Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars.

One million dollars of a $2 million gift from Atlanta resident Thomas F. “Tom” Chapman, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax Inc. and a 1965 graduate of Clemson, established the Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars Program in 2008. (See related article.) 

The program is based in part on a theme developed by Chapman that uses the analogy of “The Wizard of Oz” scarecrow, lion and tin man characters to communicate the essential traits of leadership.

“Effective and successful leaders require reasonable intellect, an abundance of courage and equal portions of heart,” said Chapman. “I know the benefits of the Clemson experience, and I want to enhance that experience for future students. I learned valuable lessons at Clemson and was fortunate to have been blessed from the commitment of mentors who took an interest in my potential.”

The scholars and their academic majors are:

  • Amber Dover of Rock Hill, marketing;
  • Sejal Dykes of Orangeburg, psychology and sociology;
  • Corrine “Coco” Ellis of Hopkinton, Mass., pre-business;
  • Sarah Louderback of Hagerstown, Md., management;
  • Allie McGillick of Omaha, Neb., accounting;
  • Robert “Drew” McWhorter of Wichita, Kan., graphic communications;
  • Charles “Hunter” Payne of Newark, Del., finance;
  • Cassie Walker of Kennesaw, Ga., psychology;
  • Caroline Welden of Myrtle Beach, political science; and
  • Lance Worley of Roswell, Ga., marketing.

“The Chapman Leadership Scholars program embodies some of our college’s most important values,” said Claude C. Lilly, dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science. “One, the program systematically guides and nurtures students in their leadership development; and, two, it is fully supported by the generosity of a successful economics alumnus who wishes to use his vast experience to help mold the leaders of tomorrow. It is fitting that such a program would become a part of the CBBS experience.”

The Chapman Leadership Scholars Program, a three-year experience beginning in a student’s sophomore year, will enhance the leadership potential and skills of select students in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. It will be an integral part of the college’s mission to develop leaders in business and behavioral science. The program includes opportunities to enrich the student’s university experience beyond the classroom and curriculum.

A student’s selection will be based primarily on his or her aptitude and willingness to make the extra effort to become an effective leader through research and service. Ten Chapman Leadership Scholars will be named annually, and each will receive a total scholarship of $6,000 over the three years they participate in the program.

“We are very excited about the new Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars Program,” said James Gaubert, senior lecturer in marketing and director of the Undergraduate Leadership Programs in the college. “The review, interview and ultimate selection of these 10 students was a difficult process for the committee as we had many fine applicants. We feel these 10 students best reflect the goal of what Mr. Chapman hopes to achieve through his offering of support and nurturing of tomorrow’s leaders. Over the next three years, I feel that the students will discover the inherent value of the program content and Mr. Chapman’s generosity.”

The College of Business and Behavioral Science develops students from a variety of backgrounds and majors into bold leaders who will positively impact society. The Chapman Leadership Scholars Program helps the college fulfill its mission by providing a structured program, ongoing support and a high level of accountability for students to develop their leadership potential.