Michigan Ross BBA Student Just Became U-M’s First Schwarzman Scholar

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Congratulations are in order for Eduardo Batista, a BBA/LSA senior who is the first University of Michigan student to be awarded the highly-selective Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman Scholarship funds one year of study at Tsinghua University — one of China’s most elite schools — where students will pursue a master’s degree in Global Affairs. Out of 2,800 applicants, just 147 were invited to join the Class of 2020.

Schwarzman scholars take a variety of courses related to public policy, economics, and business that address current and future geopolitical challenges. The program also gives students the opportunity to hear from high-profile speakers, learn from mentors, and travel throughout China. The curriculum is crafted by academic leaders from across a number of Ivy League schools and top international universities; in addition to the core curriculum, students pursue an individually-designed concentration.  

According to a press release from Schwarzman Scholars,“This combination of coursework and cultural immersion will provide students with a first-hand, in-depth understanding of China, critically important to leading in the 21st century.”

Batista applied to the program with standout experience. No stranger to getting involved and taking the lead, while at U-M he has been a community assistant and a residential advisor, and served as the president of Michigan Emissary Group Consulting, a professional student group on campus. He also worked as an adviser in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life on issues like the university’s long-term initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion. At Ross, Batista is completing a senior thesis that focuses on the role of trust and corruption in democratic societies.

Professionally, Batista has interned at Boston Consulting Group in Detroit and worked in the Parliament of Canada and the Government of Ceará in Brazil. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Batista told the Michigan Daily he hopes to further his in interest in global affairs and represent Brazil while in the program and beyond.  

Students from 38 countries and 119 universities will make up the incoming class. Batista is only the fifth student from Brazil to become a Schwarzman Scholar.