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Stanford senior and alumna named 2017 Schwarzman Scholars

Scholarship winners Garner and Chang

Scholarship winners Garner and Chang

Image credit: Courtesy Schwarzman Scholars
Dec 2 2016

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by Kathleen J. Sullivan
Stanford senior Clayton Garner and alumna Kimberly Diane Chang have won 2017 Schwarzman Scholarships for graduate study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a leading university in China known for its scientific and technological research.
Garner, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree with honors in East Asian Studies, and Chang, who earned a master’s degree in management science and engineering in 2016, are among the 129 students from 30 countries who were named Schwarzman Scholars.
The program’s curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China’s expanding role in the world.
The Schwarzman Scholars will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society at Tsinghua. They will live and study together at Schwarzman College, a state-of-the-art facility – with residences, an auditorium and library – built for the program on the university’s campus.
Each scholar will earn a master’s degree in global affairs with a focus in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies. All classes are taught in English. The program was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace.
Stephen A. Schwarzman, co-founder of Blackstone, a global investment firm, founded the program. He contributed $100 million to launch the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to fully endow the program. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the United States, China and around the world.