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Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows, Class of 2018

Avery Allen

Mount Holyoke College

Major: American Studies; Minor: Spanish

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon

Capstone: Increasing campus engagement and service-learning in surrounding communities.

Stephanie Argent

California State University, Long Beach

Major: Political Science with an emphasis in Law, Politics, and Policy

Hometown: Dana Point, California

Capstone: Creating a program that enables CSULB students to pay-off first-offense campus parking tickets by making donations to the ASI Beach Pantry.

Summer Asad

DePauw University

Major: Global Health

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Capstone: Improving the inclusion of international students on campus, particularly in Greek Life.

Elizabeth Boyer

University of Mississippi

Majors: Economics, Intelligence and Security Studies

Hometown: Houston, Mississippi

Capstone: A program that will better allocate academic and professional resources so that Mississippians can better succeed in their collegiate academic endeavors. 

Jordan Cozby

Yale University

Majors: History and Human Rights

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Capstone: Plans to conduct research on voting rights and identify broadly-supported initiatives that can increase voter engagement. 

Isabelle Harris

Columbia University

Majors: History; Minor: American Studies

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Capstone: Starting a campus radio show to bring together opposing viewpoints for frank conversations.

Kaitlyn Lucey

Oberlin College

Major: Economics

Hometown: Massapequa, New York

Capstone: Creating access to college art museum for impaired visitors using 3D printing.

Clay Martinson

University of Alabama

Major: History

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Capstone: A public policy initiative to research and advocate for improved higher-education opportunities for impoverished students.


Amanda Morrison

Temple University

Majors: Global Studies and Strategic Communication 

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Capstone: Developing a program curriculum with resources specifically for college-age women who are interested in running for office.

William Neely

University of Arkansas

Major: Finance and Communications

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Capstone: Develop a plan to lower food insecurity on the University of Arkansas campus through identification of at-risk students, awareness of the on-campus food pantry, and re-structure of food pantry.


Emma O'Brien

East Carolina University

Major: Business Management; Minor: Sports Studies

Hometown: Wake Forest, North Carolina

Capstone: Create a summer sports camp for underprivileged students in Pitt, NC.

Zachary Pate

Clemson University

Majors: Economics and Political Science

Hometown: Granbury, Texas

Capstone: Bringing a global perspective to Clemson to enhance diversity, common understanding, and initiatives to better our nation and our world.

Adam Schmidt

North Carolina State University

Major: Civil engineering; Minor: Chinese studies

Hometown: Morehead City, North Carolina

Capstone: Collaborative student civic engagement with the various student populations of Raleigh, NC.

Hadley Smithhisler

Monmouth College

Majors: History and French

Hometown: Valley City, North Dakota

Capstone: Academic and professional mentorship program for middle school and high school girls.

Benjamin Sorkin

Harvard University

Major: Sociology; Minor: Social Anthropology

Hometown: Staten Island, New York

Capstone: Address the difficulties low income students face accessing existing financial aid resources.

Matthew Winchell

Washington State University

Majors: Public Relations and Political Science

Hometown: Pullman, Washington

Capstone: Obtaining a Skills Center for Whitman County, WA preparing students for work and college.