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Hampton University Senior Adaya Sturkey Named 2019 Schwarzman Scholar
03/27/2018 - #167

Hampton, Va. (March 27, 2018) —  Adaya Sturkey, a senior at Hampton University, was awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship, the newest and most ambitious international scholarship of the 21st century.

"Congratulations to Ms. Adaya Sturkey on winning the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship," said HU President Dr. William R. Harvey. "Adaya is a true example of the 'Standard of Excellence' and as she takes on this international scholarship we are certain she will represent the Hampton University community well with her grace and genius."

Sturkey is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is also the co-founder of Flourish Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization for young girls. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a dual M.D and MHA. In addition to her research experience, Sturkey also values exposure to non-STEM fields and has completed internships in both business and politics. Sturkey aspires to use this diverse background to help reform the United States healthcare system.

As a Schwarzman Scholar, Sturkey will live and study in China with her fellow scholars on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility in Beijing, where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in either Public Policy, Economics and Business or International Studies.

"I'm so honored to have been selected as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar,” said Sturkey. “This experience will allow me to learn from and be pushed by scholars from around the world. Being a part of this prestigious program will afford me to opportunity to lay the foundations for my future, working towards becoming a global influencer.”

More than 4,000 applicants competed for 142 Schwarzman Scholars awards. The Class of 2019 is comprised of students from 39 countries and 97 universities with 41 percent from the United States, 20 percent from China, and 39 percent from the rest of the world. The Class of 2019 will enroll at Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing this August.

“Adaya is a very talented and intelligent scholar,” said Dr. Rikesha L. Fry Brown, Director, Freddye T. Davy Honors College. “I am sure that she will represent Hampton University well as she studies abroad in China.”

Sturkey will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

Founded and largely funded by American billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman, the 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.

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.


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