The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that alumnus Joey Wilson, GSSM Class of 2013, was recently named one of 129 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. Wilson 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.
“I'm so thankful to have had amazing experiences and opportunities in the past…to learn from, grow from, and become a more educated and better person as a result of,” Wilson said upon announcing his selection. “I am honored to be a part of something so globally inspired, positive and change driven.”
"We are thrilled about Joey's global recognition and proud to have had him as a GSSM student. It is also a wonderful affirmation of the caliber of GSSM students and graduates", said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM's President.
Wilson said his time at the Governor’s School, including the people he met, friends he made, and experiences he had there contributed largely to his success following graduation.
“Joey was an absolute delight while here at the Governor's School. He did well academically, of course, but his community spirit, cooperation and genuine concern for others has been rarely matched,” said Dr. Alison Evans, GSSM’s Licensed Professional Counselor. “We are so proud of Joey's accomplishments--but not surprised at all!”
Wilson, son of Joe & Meg Wilson of Duncan, SC, is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering with a minor in Global Politics from Clemson University and will graduate with honors in 2017. He serves as Clemson’s Student Body President, was appointed to the It’s On Us National Student Advisory Board, and was recently named an Astronaut Scholar. Additionally, Wilson has conducted bioengineering research at Clemson and in Singapore - publishing papers and filing a patent for a cancer treatment device. He hopes to work at the intersection of bioengineering and politics through a career in scientific development and policymaking.
“Joey’s success comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him, and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation and EVP of GSSM. “What’s special about Joey, and what sets him apart, is the fact that he never loses touch with people. Despite his ambitious schedule and goals, he always makes time to send an email, make a phone call, or attend a GSSM event. His loyal nature will serve him well as he embarks on this exciting international opportunity.”
All 129 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.