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Senior Amy Kramer named Schwarzman Scholar

December 6, 2017

Senior Amy Kramer has been named a Schwarzman Scholar, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing, China.

Kramer, a Robertson Scholar and ROTC Cadet, majors in public policy and political science, with concentrations in U.S. foreign policy and security, peace and conflict studies. She is interested in the strategic security benefits of mainstreaming gender perspectives in military operations, and has done research in Rwanda, Israel and the United States on women’s leadership in this area. Kramer plans a career in shaping a more inclusive U.S. defense policy and in forging new diplomacy ventures abroad.

At Sanford, Kramer has completed an Honors Thesis evaluating the differing impacts of male and female leaders in ROTC programs around the country.

The Schwarzman Scholars initiative is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Stephen A. Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $400 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $500 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and elsewhere.

The scholars will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.