W&L’s Kristina Lozinskaya ’22 Among 2024 Class of Schwarzman Scholars Lozinskaya, a 2022 graduate, will receive a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in China.
Kristina Lozinskaya, a 2022 magna cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been selected for the 2024 class of Schwarzman Scholars, a one-year master’s program at China’s Tsinghua University. The Schwarzman Scholars program draws inspiration from the Rhodes Scholarship program at the University of Oxford. Lozinskaya is W&L’s fourth Schwarzman Scholar.
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Lozinskaya double majored in politics and economics and minored in Chinese as an undergraduate student. Since graduation, she has worked as the Center for International Education coordinator at W&L, and has become involved in Lexington’s initiative of hosting Ukrainian refugees.
The 2024 cohort is comprised of 151 scholars who were chosen from a field of more than 3,000 applicants representing 36 countries and 121 universities worldwide. The scholars were selected through a highly competitive application process designed to evaluate academic ability, as well as leadership potential and strength of character. The class of 2024 will enroll in August 2023.
“I am excited by the eighth cohort’s potential,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars. “As the geopolitical landscape grows more complex each day, I am inspired by this year’s selected Scholars and their readiness to engage thoughtfully with global issues and drive change. We are confident that this inspiring cohort of young leaders will make the most of this unique opportunity.”
Schwarzman Scholars live in Beijing for a year of intensive study, honing leadership skills through a curriculum designed and taught by leading academics from internationally ranked institutions. Beyond the classroom, program participants will gain exposure to a broad network of important relationships through unique internships, mentorship opportunities, high-profile speakers and opportunities to travel throughout China.
“Even though the application process was not easy, I had faith it would work out because I could see the program was a great fit for my academic and personal background. I always knew I wanted to pursue graduate studies in international relations with an emphasis on China,” said Lozinskaya. “Given that I have been studying Mandarin for more than seven years now, I have a deep appreciation for Chinese culture and have always hoped I would get to live there for some time to truly understand the country’s customs. After all, there can be no talk of global politics without considering China’s domestic and foreign policy.”
As an undergraduate student, Lozinskaya formed bonds with her professors, who helped support her throughout her time at W&L.
“Kristina is an example of the best kind of journey that our students can take at W&L,” said Brian Alexander, assistant professor of politics. “I first met her at the Activities Fair during fall orientation of her first year. She was engaging, intellectually curious and determined to do well. Through her four years in college, this has been the same spirit she brought to all her studies, including each class she took in politics. Now, with Schwarzman Scholars, we see the rewards of hard work, a global perspective and an openness to see where the journey leads. Everyone at W&L can be excited to see what’s in store next for her.”
A Johnson Scholar, Lozinskaya was a member of two honor societies and the winner of both the John Warner Public Service Award and Global Learning Leadership Prize. She led the International Student Orientation for three consecutive years, helping nearly 100 new international students adjust to life at W&L. At the same time, she facilitated information sessions and corresponded with prospective international students through her work as an assistant in the Office of Admissions. Lozinskaya was also a member of W&L’s Amnesty International chapter, the Leadership Education and Development Program, and the First-Year Orientation Committee, where she helped with communications. She also chaired research on Europe as a part of the Democrats Abroad delegation during Mock Con 2020.
“Since completing classes with me, Kristina and I have stayed in touch,” said Seth Cantey, associate professor of politics. “I’m proud that her first job out of college involves helping people in need, and she is drawing on her understanding of international affairs to do so. I would also be remiss not to point out that Kristina is charismatic and personable. She is approachable, engaging and puts others at ease. I know she will be an excellent colleague to her peers at Tsinghua University.”
The Schwarzman Scholars program 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.
When asked what the award means to her, Lozinskaya offered words of encouragement to future W&L graduates.
“This opportunity is a reminder that sometimes things don’t work out, so better things can,” she said. “If there’s advice I could give others from my experience after graduating, it is remembering that ‘what is yours will find you,’ as we often say in my native language.”
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