Two Columbia affiliates named 2024 - 2025 Schwarzman Scholars


The Schwarzman Scholars program seeks to train future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing scholars to understand China, its role in global trends and their role as future leaders. The fellowship provides Scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

This year, the two Columbia recipients will join a class of 150 Schwarzman Scholars from 43 countries and 114 universities.

Meet this year’s awardees!
2024 Schwarzman Scholar, Jenna Yuan
Jenna Yuan, CC’24 is a native Washingtonian majoring in Political Science. As an undergraduate, Jenna has pursued research experiences at the Atlantic Council, Columbia Law School's Center for Public Research & Leadership, and as a research assistant to Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo. She is also, among other achievements, President of the Columbia Political Union, a multi-partisan organization that promotes political discourse and civic engagement on campus. Last summer, she worked as a Coordinating Intern at Legal Outreach, where she served as an assistant in a law- and social studies-based summer enrichment program for a class of 20 rising 9th graders from across NYC. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Jenna looks forward to improving her Chinese language skills, while deepening her understanding of China and public policy. An aspiring educator and policymaker, Jenna hopes to begin her career as a Mandarin Chinese dual-language teacher in the public school system, advocating for the needs of underserved students through innovative pedagogy and policy.
2024 Schwarzman Scholar, Helen Yang
Helen Yang, SEAS’24, is from Montreal, Canada. Having earned an undergraduate degree in Statistics at McGill University, Helen will obtain her Master’s Degree in Operations Research from SEAS in May 2024. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Helen aims to leverage her technical and leadership skills to bridge western and Chinese influences in the field of Operations Research. Helen is also excited by the unique opportunity to connect with her birth country via exploring the global affairs and public policy landscape in China and in particular in Beijing, Beijing, her hometown.

Current students and alumni can learn more about the Schwarzman Scholars and other fellowship offerings through the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships office.