Eight Harvard affiliates, including five college seniors, were named Schwarzman Scholars last month. The prestigious scholarship allows students to study China and its relations with the rest of the world.
Affiliates selected for the scholarship include current college students Corbin G. Duncan ’22, Emilly Fan ’22, John A. Ferguson ’22, Nicholas D. Maxwell ’22, and Mr. Seven Richmond ’22. They will be joined by James A. Bedford ’20, William H. Ge, a student at Harvard Medical School, and Kunho Kim ’17.
Fellows will pursue a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing. The program selected 151 students out of nearly 3,000 original applicants for its seventh batch of academics, including students from 33 countries and 106 universities.
Stephen A. Schwarzman – a billionaire who co-founded the Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms – created the program in 2016.
Schwarzman Fellows study a core curriculum focusing on leadership, China, and global affairs.
Richmond, an economics hub, said he first heard about the scholarship from his mentor Scott D. Kominers ’09, an associate professor at Harvard Business School.
“I didn’t even really know what the Schwarzman was, but after Google searching for him when he told me about it, I fell in love with the timeliness of the program, and with its help, and the help from my other professors at Harvard, I applied and was lucky enough to get it, ”he said.
Ferguson, who will graduate from the college with a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in regional studies-East Asia, said he decided to apply for the scholarship because of his interest in US-China relations.
“The Schwarzman scholarship is a really critical intervention at this point in history,” he said. “It’s particularly interesting for diplomacy. I have noticed a trend that, as relations between the United States and China become more strained and limited, they force a lot of diplomacy into informal channels, networks and relationships.
“I think the Schwarzman scholarship is probably the largest informal network created in response to this trend,” he added.
Duncan, a government hub, said it was a “great feeling” to learn that he had been named a Schwarzman Fellow.
“It was like the culmination of a lot of the work I had done in college and the perfect stepping stone to get out of college and into the world,” he said.
Maxwell, who pursues a concentration in social studies, said he had always had a “pretty deep” interest in China.
“[I’m] very interested in foreign policy, and of course you can’t talk about foreign policy without talking about China, ”he said. “I really liked taking this opportunity to be able to study in China, to have more points of view on the ground. “
Maxwell added that he was very drawn to the program in part because of the geographic diversity of academics.
Fan, an environmental scientist and public policy specialist, wrote in an email that she decided to apply for the scholarship because it gives academics a holistic understanding of China’s global role.
“Along with the program’s emphasis on leadership development and hands-on experiences, I hope to continue exploring the Chinese-American energy field and its associated political, technological and economic dimensions,” she wrote.
Kim, a college graduate with a concentration in environmental science and public policy, said he wanted to examine how China’s cryptocurrency strategy would differ from that of the United States in the future.
Kim added that he hopes to speak to “government officials and high-ranking people” along the way.
Duncan said he looked forward to further researching the political economy of development as a Schwarzman researcher. He added that he hopes to take the opportunity to engage with non-governmental organizations and the business sector in Beijing.
“It’s not something that I really expected to get or that I planned my life around to get,” Richmond said. “But now that I’m here, I really intend to spend time with my peers in my cohort and also with the Chinese people, whether it’s playing basketball with people on the streets. , or go to some cool street stores and try new foods that I’ve never seen before.
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