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Two UGA students will study in China as Schwarzman Scholars

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By Stephanie Schupska | January 8, 2018
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The University of Georgia's Elizabeth Hardister and Gaby Pierre will continue their studies in China next fall as two of 142 students selected internationally as Schwarzman Scholars, a program designed to prepare the next generation of leaders with an understanding of China's role in global trends.

The addition of Hardister and Pierre brings the total number of UGA Schwarzman Scholars to three. The incoming class was narrowed down from a pool of 4,042 international candidates and is comprised of students from 39 countries and 97 universities. This marks the third group of Schwarzman Scholars since the highly competitive program opened to applicants in 2015.

"On behalf of the University of Georgia, I want to congratulate Elizabeth and Gaby on this significant accomplishment," said President Jere W. Morehead. "They are great examples of all that can be achieved with hard work, dedication and a drive to make a difference in the world. The UGA family is proud of them."

The fully funded, yearlong master's program in global affairs is offered at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students live and learn on the Schwarzman College campus and focus their studies on public policy, economics and business, or international studies.

Both Hardister and Pierre are Honors students, and both are working to finish their master's degrees at UGA before heading to China. Hardister, from Dunwoody, is completing a bachelor's degree in international affairs and a master's in public health with a focus on disaster management. Pierre, from Kingston, Jamaica, is finishing her master's in environmental planning and design.

"I am delighted for Elizabeth and Gaby, who richly deserve this recognition," said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program. "Each is truly a leader for our times and will benefit from joining a prestigious program that prepares the next generation of global leaders. There is no question that they will make a very positive impact on society, and I am immensely proud of both of them."

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