A graduate fellowship can certainly be a big deal, especially for a first-generation college student — and especially when only four others from the CUNY system have done the same.
That’s the case for Lamount Evanson, a Lehman College senior selected as a Schwarzman Scholars fellow. He will enroll at Tsinghua University in Beijing after he graduates from Lehman this spring, becoming part of the program’s Class of 2022.
Stephen Schwarzman, who founded the program in 2016, aims to hone the next generation of leaders and deepen their understanding of China’s role as a global power. All fellows in the program will receive a master’s degree in global affairs.
But the sky’s the limit for Evanson.
He plans to become both a medical doctor and a Ph.D., with the goal of becoming a physician and scientist. Armed with the dual degree, he wants to improve LGBTQ health care and HIV/AIDS prevention in the Caribbean, especially since he once called Antigua and Barbuda home.
“I want to know how I can impact policy and change the way health care is provided,” Evanson said, in a release. “I want to change how HIV/AIDS is viewed within the Caribbean region, and institute programs that educate the public about it.”
SUNY Oneonta might be a few hours drive away, but some of its dean’s list recipients are quite close to home.
Nearly 2,000 of the upstate school’s students made the cut — maintaining a 3.5 GPA while managing a 12-hour or larger course load.
Of those students, six of them hail locally: Emily Deleon, James Duffy, Brittny Dunn, Cole Kirschbaum, Simely Mata and Danny Polanco.