Joseph Tobin ‘14, Michael Shin ‘18, Rebecca Singer ‘18, and Shefali Jain ‘17 were named Schwarzman Scholars of the class of 2019 today.
In August of 2018, Tobin, Shin, Singer, and Jain will join 138 other men and women from around the world at Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing, China. The scholars will spend a year pursuing a master’s degree in their chosen course of study and developing a better understanding of Chinese history, culture, economy, and motivations through a cultural immersion experience.
Founded by Blackstone Group CEO and chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman, Schwarzman Scholars was designed in response “to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century.” The website notes that the foundation aims to “prepare the next generation of global leaders” by fostering collaboration and cooperation between China and other nations.
“Our next class brings together another group of young leaders who have demonstrated ability to bridge differences in background, professions, and perspectives through their leadership on campus and in the workplace,” said Global Director of Admissions Robert Garris in a press release. “They will be a dynamic part of the Tsinghua community and through their very different career paths will help ensure peaceful and prosperous relationships between China and the rest of the world.”
Tobin graduated from the University with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese Literature and Culture and is currently an associate on Starwood Capital Group’s hotel acquisitions team; he wants to foster hospitality partnerships between China and the United States. Shin is a Wilson School concentrator who hopes to connect Chinese and Middle Eastern firms to cross-border financing and expertise. Singer is pursuing a concentration in music and aims to deepen her understanding of Asia’s role in impact investing in order to better serve marginalized populations. Jain graduated with a degree in economics and is currently an analyst at Mongolia International Capital Corporation in Ulaanbaatar; she plans to study the utilization of technology and public-private partnerships in developing emerging economies.
The class of 2019 was selected from over 4,000 applicants, all of whom were rigorously evaluated on their academic and intellectual ability, leadership potential, and strength of character.