Josh Weinhold | April 4, 2017
A trio of University of Notre Dame students and alumni have been named Yenching Scholars, a globally competitive award that provides a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree at China’s top university.
Teresa Kennedy, class of 2016, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts; senior Jenny Ng, a political science major from Sai Kung, Hong Kong; and Dominic Romeo, class of ’14, a political science and Chinese major from Turlock, California, were named to the third cohort entering the Yenching Academy, based at Peking University in Beijing.
“The fact that three of our applicants — all of whom studied in the College of Arts and Letters — were selected in this first year of the partnership is a testament to the strength of the University’s preparation of our students to take on complex contemporary issues on a global stage,” said Jeffrey Thibert, associate director in Notre Dame’s Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE).
John “Jake” Grefenstette, class of ’16, a theology major, is part of the current cohort of 125 students from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide.
Yenching Scholars engage in an English-language master of Chinese studies program designed to equip students with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world. Peking University, which modeled the program after the Rhodes Scholarship, attracts young people from around the globe who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields.