UNC-Chapel Hill student and alumna named 2017 Schwarzman Scholars

Jialing Jiang and Chang Zhao

Jialing (LingLing) Jiang, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Chang Zhao, a 2015 graduate of the University, have been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone Co-Founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman.

This innovative master’s degree program supports the study of public policy, economics and business, or international studies at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and China’s expanding role in the world.

Jiang and Zhao were two of only 129 global recipients selected for the one-year award, which provides unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentorship network and intensive travel seminars. They are Carolina’s 3rd and 4th Schwarzman Scholars, following last year’s inaugural scholars Larry Han and Max Seunik.

“Being named a Schwarzman Scholar is an exceptional achievement and we are incredibly proud that Jialing and Chang will have an opportunity to pursue their international studies in China,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They are both talented and accomplished young scholars who care deeply about the world and want to help make a difference. We look forward to learning about their future successes in intercultural relations and international development.”

Jiang, 21, is from Mainland China. She plans to graduate this May with a degree in economics and philosophy and a minor in philosophy, politics and economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.

While at Carolina, Jiang founded the UNC International Ambassadors program and the first Chinese Cultural Month on campus. Along with promoting multicultural awareness, she is also passionate about social entrepreneurship and has provided improvement coaching for 16 nonprofits in eight cities around the country. Jiang has researched Africa-China relations at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and hopes to be an agent for intercultural relations and international development by starting a social enterprise that focuses on alleviating rural poverty.

“I am very honored for the opportunity to spend next year with some of the brightest young people across the globe at Tsinghua University,” said Jiang. “I cannot wait to learn about China from a new perspective and meet top China scholars and business leaders through the Schwarzman program.”

Zhao, 25, is also from Mainland China. She graduated from Carolina with honors and distinction after majoring in anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is currently a Global Academic Fellow at New York University Shanghai, where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate students.

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