Adaya Sturkey, GSSM Class of 2014, named Global Schwarzman Scholar

December 12, 2017

Hartsville, SC — The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that alumnus Adaya Sturkey, GSSM Class of 2014, was recently named one of 142 global Schwarzman Scholars. 

An internationally recognized program, Schwarzman Scholars offers highly-selective recipients a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and the centerpiece of the country’s scientific and technological research efforts. Sturkey and the other Scholars will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

“The GSSM community is happy to congratulate Adaya on being named a Global Schwarzman Scholar,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM President. “We wish her the best of luck as she travels to China to pursue her Master’s Degree and further her education.”  

Sturkey, daughter of Andrea & Leon Sturkey of Marion, South Carolina, is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She is the co-founder of Flourish Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization for young girls. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a dual MD and MHA. In addition to her research experience, Sturkey also values exposure to non-STEM fields and has completed internships in both business and politics. She aspires to use this diverse background to help reform the U.S. healthcare system.

All 142 Schwarzman Scholars will study public policy, economics & business, and international studies while spending the next year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. 

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