Ben Harris, JS '16, joins the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars

January 19, 2016

Ben Harris, the David J. Wood Jefferson Scholar, is one of 111 students across the globe to be named a Schwarzman Scholar. The inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars was selected from more than 3,000 applicants and are invited to pursue a Master’s degree in international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The recipients come from 32 countries and 75 universities with 44% from the United States, 21% from China, and 35% from the rest of the world.

Ben, who is majoring in physics and political and social thought at U.Va., is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Raven Society and Sigma Pi Sigma. He serves as president of the Washington Literary Society and the U.Va. American Parliamentary Debate Association.

“The caliber of this first class of Schwarzman Scholars is truly exceptional. Each Scholar has demonstrated tremendous leadership potential at a young age and differentiated themselves through a myriad of academic and non-academic pursuits,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the program’s founder. “It is my intention that the Schwarzman Scholars will return home and provide leadership in a changing, complex and dynamic world. I have every confidence that this class will be such leaders.”

Read the article featured in UVA Today here. To learn more about the Schwarzman Scholars, click here.


Ben Harris

David J. Wood Jefferson Scholar



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