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Schwarzman Scholars Announces Class of 2019; American University of Afghanistan among Institutions Represented

New York & Beijing, December 4, 2017 – Schwarzman Scholars, the Master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, today announced its third class. 142 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from over 4,000 applicants. The Class of 2019 is comprised of students from 39 countries and 97 universities with 41% from the United States, 20% from China, and 39% from the rest of the world. The Class of 2019 will enroll at Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing in August 2018. American University of Afghanistan is among the institutions represented in the class of 2019. AUAF look forward to the collective accomplishments, motivations, and leadership potential of this class. These students, once graduated are going to be critical leaders for Afghanistan.

“This class represents the growth of the Schwarzman Scholars network. It has been incredible to see the program expand to 13 new countries and 51 new universities included in the Class of 2019. Meeting these people from all over the world, who at such a young age have already started to make an impact in their respective fields, has been truly inspiring,” said founder Stephen A. Schwarzman.

About Schwarzman Scholars:
Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $516 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.