Erin Blasko | July 28, 2018
Emily Vincent, a 2018 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, will pursue a one-year master’s degree in China studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University this fall as one of 114 Yenching Scholars.
Established in 2014, the Yenching Academy offers a specially designed, English-taught master’s degree program for students with strong academic backgrounds and broad curiosity that aims to push the study of China beyond the traditional boundaries of the humanities and social sciences.
The scholarship covers tuition, travel expenses, accommodations and the cost to live on Peking University’s campus in Beijing, the capital of China.
A Glynn Family Honors and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar, Vincent, a native of Morristown, New Jersey, graduated from Notre Dame in May with a degree in anthropology and Chinese and a minor in business economics.
Vincent previously visited China during high school as part of a service trip that included a visit to Chunmiao Little Flower, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that cares for abandoned babies with complex medical issues in Beijing.
It was there that she discovered the extent of China’s problem with orphaned and abandoned children — an experience that set her on a path to Notre Dame based on the University’s devotion to human solidarity and concern for the common good.
She returned to China and Chunmiao Little Flower as an undergraduate in 2015 with support from the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, and again in 2016 to study the effects of a new law that imposed stricter regulations on thousands of foreign NGOs in the country.
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