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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

UNC Student, Alumnus among First Cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

The two UNC recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award both represent the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

[Photo: Mr. Larry Han (left) and Mr. Max Seunik have been named recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award.]

Mr. Larry Han, a senior, and Mr. Max Seunik, a 2015 alumnus, have been awarded the elite China-based scholarship, which is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone co-founder and chief executive officer Mr. Stephen A. Schwarzman.

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

Mr. Han and Mr. Seunik were selected from more than 3,000 applicants for the award, which provides learning opportunities including high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentorship network and intensive travel seminars. The public health scholars are UNC’s first Schwarzman Scholars, and two of only 111 global recipients of the one-year award.

“Larry Han and Max Seunik are gifted leaders and dedicated humanitarians whose respective futures in global health and development are already brilliantly underway, “ said UNC Chancellor Dr. Carol L. Folt. “I know this opportunity to continue their pursuits as Schwarzman Scholars will only further invigorate their journeys towards changing the world.’’

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