Carla Ramazan '17, Selected as a 2023 Schwarzman Scholar

Marnie Pilling

Schwarzman Scholars isn’t just about what you learn – it’s about becoming a leader and forming global relationships that can be activated over a lifetime.

- Stephen A. Schwarzman
  Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars

From an initial pool of nearly 3,000 applicants, the admissions team has selected an outstanding class of 151 Schwarzman Scholars from 33 countries and 106 universities. With the incoming seventh cohort, the Schwarzman Scholars network – now with more than 700 members – will include 4 additional countries and 43 new universities.

The Scholars were selected through a rigorous application process designed to identify leadership potential, intellect, and strength of character. Over 400 candidates were invited to interview virtually in Beijing, London, New York or Singapore. Candidates from 55 countries spoke with panels of CEOs, government officials, university presidents, journalists, and non-profit executives, among others. 

Carla Ramazan

         Carla Ramazan '17

Among these recipients is none other than Sage Ridge School Class of 2017 alumna Carla Ramazan. Carla graduated Sage Ridge and went on to attend and graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas as a McDermott Scholar with a Bachelor of Art in Political Science. While serving as Student Government Vice President, she spearheaded a campus-wide initiative to address sexual violence. A Truman Scholar, Carla has researched gender violence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and interned with NARAL. She is the founder and Executive Director of Wild West Access Fund, the only abortion fund in the state of Nevada. In this role, she has assisted over 50 Nevadans in accessing reproductive healthcare. Carla is from the United States and Romania and speaks fluent Romanian and Spanish.

I am thrilled to have been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar and to have the opportunity to pursue a masters in Global Affairs in Beijing. This experience will allow me to develop a cosmopolitan perspective on issues related to public policy and gender equality, which is my area of focus. As an aspiring leader in reproductive rights and gender issues, I believe my studies as a Schwarzman will allow me to foster collaboration between the United States and other countries on this topic area. Beyond that, I cannot wait to spend a year living with other young leaders from all over the world. I love being challenged, and I have no doubt this environment will allow me to question my own opinions and learn from those around me.

About Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. It was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 in an effort to promote international understanding and peace.
Schwarzman Scholars supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year master’s in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University — ranked first in Asia as an indispensable base for China’s political, business, and technological leadership. 
 
Schwarzman Scholars supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year master’s in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University — ranked first in Asia as an indispensable base for China’s political, business, and technological leadership.
 
Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion — attending lectures, traveling around the region, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015 with outstanding success, immediately making Schwarzman Scholars one of the world’s most selective graduate and fellowship programs.
 
Congratulations to Carla and we look forward to seeing all her future accomplishments!
 
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