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A Macaulay Honors College senior and recent graduate were today named Schwarzman Scholars, a prestigious designation that will help them develop their leadership skills while pursuing a master’s degree in global affairs at one of the top universities in China.

Elliot David ’19 and Joy Nuga ’17 are among 147 Schwarzman Scholars selected from over 2,800 applicants. The Schwarzman Class of 2020 is comprised of students from 38 countries and 119 universities. The Scholars were selected through a rigorous application process designed to evaluate academic ability, as well as leadership potential and strength of character. They will enroll in August 2019 and will spend a year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

2018 Schwarzman Scholar Joy Nuga '17 (Hunter)Joy Nuga will specialize in finance, public and social policy, and technology. She is a Risk Analyst at Goldman Sachs and a 2017 graduate of Macaulay at Hunter College with a degree in Economics, Public Policy, and German. While at Macaulay, Joy was named a 2017 Franklin Williams Scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and a recipient of the 2016 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University. These honors directly pertain to her interests in the intersection between private finance, public policy, and cybersecurity. Joy now serves on the Advisory Board for the Cyber Workforce Alliance (CWA) and regularly advocates for widespread cyber literacy. Joy hails from The Bronx, New York.

2018 Schwarzman Scholar Elliot David '19 (Hunter)Elliot David‘s focus will be the environment, climate, and foreign policy. He will graduate in May from Macaulay at Hunter College, where he studies Political Science and Economics as a Cooperman Scholar. Before attending Macaulay, Elliot was a Sergeant in the IDF Paratroopers, and is the cofounder and President of a campus student organization which seeks to promote nuanced dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elliot hopes to play a significant role in developing solutions to international conflicts and promoting global environmental sustainability.

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and is designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. The vision of Schwarzman Scholars is to bring together the world’s best young minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power, and to make them more effective as links between China and the rest of the world.