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2021 Abshire Leadership Fellows
Tina Zheng

The David M. Abshire Leadership Fellows Program is offered to rising seniors at Baylor every school year, and the selected students have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for a week-long trip.

The Abshire Trip was originally planned for May 31-June 5 of this year; however, due to COVID-19, the trip has been postponed to October. The trip to the nation’s capital is jam-packed with valuable experiences and learning opportunities. Not only do the students tour government buildings and national landmarks, but they also attend leadership and entrepreneurship seminars with government officials, business leaders, and Baylor alumni in the area. Therefore, the Abshire Trip serves as a wonderful avenue for students to develop qualities of leadership, ethics, entrepreneurship, and public service.

What kind of students are selected for the Abshire Civic Leadership Trip? Jaime Melton '94, Director of Business Development and Strategic Relationships for Baylor, said Abshire Fellows are “open-minded” and “thoughtful” individuals who are interested “in a variety of fields, including public service, government, medicine, or business.” They also care deeply for their community and seek future involvement in bettering society. Thus, the Abshire Leadership Program would greatly benefit these students in cultivating the knowledge and skills required to become effective servant leaders.

The eleven 2021 Abshire Fellows named for this year are juniors Spratt Allison, Brett Cooper, Emily Dotson, Maren Johnson, Maddie Kim, Nick McKenney, Connie Ni, Caleb Nunes, Adelle Pritchard, Ellie Smith, and Fatima Sohani. Congratulations to these juniors for being selected!

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