Stanford students, alumni receive Schwarzman Scholarships

One Stanford undergraduate, two graduate students and two recent alumni are among the members of the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2021. Through the fellowship, each will pursue a master’s degree at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

A total of 145 scholars – selected this year from more than 4,700 applicants – will begin their graduate studies in August 2020. They will earn a one-year master’s degree in global affairs with a concentration in public policy, economics and business, or international studies. As scholars, each will explore economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power.

Anqi Xu
Anqi Xu is among this year’s Schwarzman Scholars.

Stanford’s 2021 Schwarzman Scholars:

  • Fangzhou Jiang is pursuing a master’s degree in management science and engineering at Stanford. After completing his education, Jiang intends to advance education through technology and personalization. He is also interested in working with governments to explore ways to improve educational systems globally, and to one day teaching at the university level.
  • Lakshmi Prakash, of Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated from Stanford in 2019 with a degree in management science and engineering and a minor in Chinese. Prakash works for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she hopes to understand the implications of capital investments on large-scale private and public sector innovation projects.
  • Ravi Veriah Jacques is a senior who grew up in London and is an accomplished violinist. A history major, Veriah Jacques’ honors thesis is titled “The Indian Mutiny of 1857 in the British Racial Imagination.” He was also recently named a Hume Undergraduate Honors Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Veriah Jacques hopes to become better acquainted with China’s history, culture, politics and language, as well as to engage with the way the country’s rise will shape the Western world order.
  • Wenqi Xiang, who is from China, graduated from Stanford with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. In 2017, she participated in the Stanford Graduate School of Business Ignite Program, where she co-founded a startup that helps people gain stable employment in the hospitality sector.
  • Anqi Xu, who is from Beijing, is a master’s candidate in East Asian studies at Stanford, focusing on the intersection of art and technology. At Stanford, Xu participated in the 2018 summit for the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange (FACES), which promotes dialogue and fosters long-lasting relationships among future leaders in U.S.-China affairs. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Xu wants to focus her studies on science and management.

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