Ivana Thomas, a senior at Hampton University, was awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship, the newest and most ambitious international scholarship of the 21st century. The announcement was formally made public on Jan. 11, 2016.
“Congratulations to Ms. Ivana Thomas on winning the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship,” said HU President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Ivana is a true example of the ‘Standard of Excellence’ and as she takes on this inaugural international scholarship we are certain she will represent the Hampton University community well with her grace and genius.”
Founded and largely funded by American billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman, the new international scholarship recognizes academic excellence, leadership accomplishment as well as promise. Schwarzman endowed the scholarship with $100 million of his own, and then raised an additional $200 million to help fund the scholarship in perpetuity. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Thomas will pursue, all expenses paid, a one-year Master’s at Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China.
Exactly 3,054 candidates applied for the Schwarzman Scholarship award, more than 300 semi-finalists were interviewed, and Thomas will be one of approximately 100 Schwarzman Scholars in the first class to undertake the unparalleled program.
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