Clark, Trosclair attend Dr. Zacharias Leadership Conference

Seniors Stephen Clark and Skylar Trosclair were both accepted into and granted an invitation to attend the Mississippi State University Dr. Zacharias Leadership Conference. The conference, which takes place in February each year, annually hosts junior and senior high school students from the Southeast. The students who attend this conference will be given the opportunity to be selected for a scholarship to attend Mississippi State University.

The conference and scholarship are named after Dr. Zacharias, who served as president of Mississippi State University from 1985 to 1997.  Zacharias had the longest tenure of any Mississippi State president and made a huge difference in the students’ lives during his time as president and even when he retired. As a successful visionary, Zacharias elevated the reputation of the university nationally and increased enrollment to the highest of any university in the state. These gains created an increase in financial support for the university. Throughout his presidency contributions went from $4 million to $42 million. When retiring from presidency in 1997, Zacharias said, “I saw things in Mississippi State University that others might not have seen. I felt that I had made the right decision to be at this university because I liked both what it stood for and its overall character. I liked its mission, and I liked the students and alumni. I saw the potential.”

When asked about attending the conference, Clark said, “I look forward to joining other students from around the state to not only hear about Mississippi State, but to see what I can do and how I can stay involved when I go off to college.”

Congratulations to Stephen and Skylar on their acceptance into the conference and we wish you both good luck on attaining the Dr. Zacharias scholarship!

For more information on the Dr. Zacharias scholarship and conference, contact the Mississippi State University Center for Student Activities.

Story by Andrew Lechner and Caroline Rinker