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Tayler Ulmer Schwarzman ScholarshipATLANTA (December 3, 2018) – Tayler Ulmer, C’2015, has been named to the fourth class of Schwarzman Scholars, one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships. Ulmer is Spelman College’s first alumna to receive the opportunity, which provides scholars with a first-hand, in-depth understanding of China, critically important to leading in the 21st Century.

A recipient of two other prestigious scholarships, Marshall and Truman, Ulmer is a first-generation college student, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman with dual degrees in sociology and anthropology, and international affairs. As a Marshall scholar, she earned a M.A. in the Social Anthropology of Development from the School for Oriental and African Studies in London.

“Spelman is excited to have our first Schwarzman scholar,” said Margery Ganz, Ph.D., director of Spelman’s Study Abroad and International Exchange Program and professor emerita of history. “Tayler developed her international perspective through the international studies major at Spelman. She will definitely leave her mark on the world.”

Located at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the program selected 147 Schwarzman Scholars from over 2,800 applicants. The Class of 2020 is comprised of students from 38 countries and 119 universities, with 40 percent originating from the United States, 20 percent from China, and 40 percent from the rest of the world. The Class of 2020 will enroll in August 2019.

“Our newest class includes a diverse group of future leaders from around the world. They join a global network of scholars who have committed themselves to being a force for change, regardless of where their professional or personal passions take them,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman of Schwarzman Scholars. “My hope is that a year in Beijing will inspire and challenge these students in ways they haven’t even imagined.”

Through a combination of coursework and cultural immersion, Schwarzman scholars will gain unrivaled exposure to China and a broad network of important relationships through unique internships, mentorship opportunities, high-profile speakers and opportunities to travel throughout the country. The scholars will also have access to career services support that will help prepare them to make the best of their time in Beijing and beyond.

“Receiving a Schwarzman is a unique opportunity that will help me greatly in accomplishing my career aspirations,” said Ulmer, a Chicago native. “Being named as the first Schwarzman from Spelman motivates me to inspire other Spelman students to achieve their goals.”

During her Schwarzman year, Ulmer hopes to get a better glimpse of Sino-African relations and the intersection between public and private partnerships.

“Working in Liberia for the More Than Me organization, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that China has had there,” she said. “I want to be at the forefront of creating innovative solutions for some of Africa’s most pressing problems as it relates to education and economic development.”

About Schwarzman Scholars
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. Blackstone Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Stephen A. Schwarzman, has personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $578 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world in earning a one-year Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and the potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

About Spelman College 
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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