2018 Scholars

Chosen for one of the most selective postgraduate programs in the world, Scholars will receive a fully funded scholarship to study at the new Schwarzman College at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare its graduates to build stronger relationships between China and a rapidly changing world and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century.

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Charles Vitry

France

University of Cambridge

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Charles graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a Double First degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and has attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on exchange. He aspires to unlock opportunities in industry through transformational programs, has recently implemented a 30% supplier lead time reduction model at Amazon Spain and launched a factory production control system in Apple's Soft Goods factories in China. As a Schwarzman scholar, he hopes to develop a deep contextual understanding of China’s situation and outlook, to best take part in the next generation of Chinese industry. Charles is 21 years old, speaks fluent Spanish & Chinese and is from France.

Chien SHENG

Taiwan, China

Tsinghua University

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Chien SHENG holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an international MBA degree from the Tsinghua-MIT program. He has worked in several fields including engineering, fund management and marketing. In 2014, he started his own 3D printing business. His passion and enthusiasm for business operations has motivated him to learn and understand the global market and he hopes to continue to expand his knowledge at Schwarzman College. Chien is 26 years old and from Taiwan, China.

Chrystal Thomas

United States of America

Carnegie Mellon University

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Chrystal Thomas is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, where she majored in biological sciences. She is both an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. Chrystal is the founder of Colors@CMU, an organization that promotes open and honest racial dialogue amongst the Carnegie Mellon community. In the long-term, she hopes to bridge underserved communities and governmental representatives in the realm of public health on both a domestic and international scale. Chrystal is 21 years old and from the United States.

Clayton Garner

United States of America

Stanford University

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Clay Garner is a senior at Stanford University studying East Asian Studies. His honors thesis will investigate the ideological relationship between Cyber Maoism and the Chinese New Left. In 2014, Clay was awarded a Stanford Taiwan Democracy Project fellowship to research the Taiwanese media environment and shadow journalists at FTV News in Taipei. Clay’s interests include China-Hollywood relations and United States-China cooperation on digital media challenges worldwide. As a Mandarin pop singer-songwriter and TV personality, he has performed on networks in China and Taiwan such as CCTV and Formosa Television and has also appeared as a cast member on the Beijing TV program “Beijingke”. Clay is 22 years old and from the United States.

Collin Parker

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

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Collin Parker will graduate from the United States Military at West Point with a Bachelor's degree in Management and concentration in Systems Engineering. He has spent time at the Korea Military Academy (ROK) and the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. At West Point, Collin leads Air Assault School, Special Olympics Committee, and Student Conference on United States Affairs. Along with flying helicopters for the Army, Collin seeks to spend a career in organizational leadership, particularly in global non-profits. Collin is 22 years old and from the United States.

Daniel Concha Zegarra

Peru

Universidad del Pacifico

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Daniel Alejandro Concha Zegarra ranks first among all Business Administration students enrolled at the Universidad del Pacifico. He works for the Government of Peru as the Supervisor of the Market Conduct Regulation and Financial Inclusion Office in the Superintendence of Banks, Insurance Companies and Pension Funds. He has held leadership positions in organizations ranging from micro-entrepreneurs' advisory, to university governmental affairs. One of his most rewarding challenges was assisting in laying the groundwork for financial technology policy. After the completion of Schwarzman Scholars, Daniel plans to join a top consulting firm before returning to Peru to continue expanding Financial Inclusion. Daniel is 23 years old and from Peru.

Danielle Neighbour

United States of America

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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Danielle Neighbour is a civil engineering major and Spanish minor at the University of Arkansas. A Truman Scholar, Danielle is passionate about increasing global access to clean water. She has developed water systems in Ecuador's indigenous villages, evaluated rainwater catchment techniques in Vietnam, and researched water purification methods for disaster relief in developing urban areas. Her interest in fluid dynamics also includes research on the viscosity of liquids on icy moons. Danielle holds leadership positions with Arkansas’ chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epsilon. Danielle is 22 years old and from the United States.

David Harris

United States of America

Northwestern University

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David Harris is a graduate of the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering where he studied industrial engineering and management science. Previously, he worked at the Department of Energy in the United States Embassy of Beijing and sang on several China Central Television shows. Currently, David is a consultant with Mckinsey & Company in the Energy Insights group. Based in Malaysia, he focuses on solving challenging problems for energy companies in Southeast Asia. David plans to leverage the teachings at Schwarzman Scholars to drive change in the energy industry. David is 26 years old and from the United States.

David Robertson

United States of America

Duke University

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David Robertson is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in public policy studies. At university, he was involved in student government and helping coordinate the off-campus diversity retreat. David is interested in learning how to build better cities, which has led him around the world to work in India studying road design, Brazil working in favelas, and Kenya at the United Nations Habitat program. David’s vision for the Schwarzman scholars program is to build a community of leaders ready to reshape the world’s urban future. He is 23 years old and from the United States.

Don Stanley Dalisay

Philippines

United States Military Academy at West Point

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Don Stanley Dalisay is studying Economics, Operations Research, and Grand Strategy at the United States Military Academy.He is also a licensed medical technologist and holds a degree in Public Health from the University of the Philippines Manila where he captained its debate team. DS developed a passion for government while leading youth development projects as a municipal legislator in Tingloy, Batangas. This passion, combined with his eclectic interests, inspired him to enter the Philippine Military Academy- becoming president and top of his class. He is currently an adjunct research consultant at the World Bank and hopes to join the Philippine Scout Rangers after the Schwarzman program. Don Stanley is 25 years old and from the Philippines.

Edison Huynh

United Kingdom

University College London, University of Oxford

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Edison graduated from the University of Oxford with first class honors and a Geography degree. He taught as a science teacher before being elected as the Teach First President representing thousands of teachers working in challenging schools across the United Kingdom. Edison is interested in moving beyond ‘tolerance’ and giving young people the tools to navigate pluralism in our globalized world. His goal is to establish a network of Sino-British ties in education in order to improve social mobility and give students from disadvantaged backgrounds the ‘best of both worlds’. Edison is 28 years old and from the United Kingdom.

Eleanor Freund

United States of America

University of California, Berkeley

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Eleanor Freund earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, with highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She studied Chinese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing and was a Junior Fellow in China Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Since 2015 she has been a research assistant at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, working on United States foreign policy and security issues, particularly United States-China relations. In 2015, China Hands magazine named her one of “25 Under 25: Rising Stars in U.S.-China Relations.” Eleanor is 25 years old and from the United States.

Emery Real Bird

United States of America

Princeton University

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Emery Ted Real Bird is currently a Senior at Princeton University in the politics department, and is also pursuing a certificate in East Asian studies. He is half N'dee (Apache) and half Apsáalooke (Crow) from Arizona and Montana, respectively. As a child of two nations, Emery maintains a strong identification with his heritage. He is the President and Founder of Natives at Princeton--the only undergraduate American Indian organization focused on fostering dialogue and action on Native and Indigenous issues at Princeton. He hopes to help study and craft American Indian and ethnic minority public policy and governance capacity building around financial capacity, economic development, and water resource stewardship while respecting cultural boundaries. Emery is 22 years old and from the United States.

Erick Castiglioni Coser

Brazil

Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo

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Erick Coser is an entrepreneur and a founding member of three companies in Brazil and the Philippines. He has a degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo. A voracious and omnivorous reader, his interests revolve around technology, politics, economics, the cosmos and a way to use all of these to get practical results. He has lived in three different countries and visited 21. Erick is 24 years old and from Brazil.

Filippos Lekkas

Greece

Yale University

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Fil Lekkas studied politics and economics at Yale University, where he competed with the Debate Association and led the Yale European Undergraduates. After working across Europe for BCG and the European Commission, he founded syn+praxis, a “21st century think tank" that activates the latent intellectual capital of the globally-dispersed Greek academic and professional community to produce actionable and accessible public policy research. Through Schwarzman Scholars he hopes to better lead European public and private institutions in developing strategies to manage China’s daunting internal complexity. Fil is 24 years old and from Germany and Greece.

Frederick Sutton

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

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Erik is a proud Minnesotan who will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in quantitative economics from the United States Naval Academy. He is interested in learning more about China and its economic relationship with the United States, and hopes to improve his language and cultural skills while in Beijing. Following his time at Tsinghua, Erik will serve the United States Navy as a submarine officer. At the Naval Academy, he is a squad leader, and is involved with the STEM Center and Midshipmen Action Group organizations and participates in intramural athletics. Erik is 23 years old and from the United States.

Greer Roberts

United States of America

Howard University

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Greer Roberts will graduate in May 2017 from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in International Business and a concentration in Management. During her time at Howard University, Greer studied abroad in Beijing where she began teaching English to Chinese students, participating in International Business Negotiation Competition, and volunteering at an orphanage for children with incarcerated parents. Upon completion of Schwarzman Scholars, Greer hopes to leverage her degree and new network to provide support and solutions on a global scale for those who are underrepresented and overlooked. Greer is 20 years old and from the United States.

Halimo Hassen

United States of America

Dartmouth College

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Halimo Hassen will graduate from Dartmouth College in 2017. She possesses a passion for education that has led her to spearhead multiple community initiatives and serve as a community organizer. Using her social science background, Halimo aims to ameliorate the possible conflicts that foreign officials face when there are differences in ideology, background and world views. In the future, Halimo hopes to further engage in education, foreign policy and international development through a career in policy. Halimo is 21 years old and from the Unites States.

Hannah Elten

Germany

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Campus de Nancy, University of Sydney

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Hannah graduated cum laude from a Dual Degree Program in International Relations, Political Economy and Asian Studies between Sciences Po Paris and the University of Sydney. She is interested in Chinese Foreign Relations and Public Policy and has worked with a Consulting Company on Corporate Social Responsibility in Hanover, the German Trade Office in Taiwan and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tunisia. Hoping to become a diplomat, she is spending the current year at the German Mission to the United Nations as well as the European Union Delegation to Cambodia. She is a former Youth Ambassador for Oxfam Australia, and currently a Regional Director for South and East Asia at the "Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations", a German Think Tank for students and Young Professionals. Hannah is 23 years old and from Germany.

Hongyi CAO

China

Renmin University of China

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Hongyi CAO received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Renmin University of China, majoring in Taxation and minoring in Finance. She has studied at Cornell University and Taiwan Chengchi University and has done research in financial inclusion related to rural housing loans in Southern China. Hongyi is 22 years old and from China.