Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced that two Hunter College graduates have been honored with this year’s Schwarzman Scholarship. Hasani Arnold ’19 and Margarita (Margo) Labkovich ’17 will spend a year pursuing graduate studies in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing beginning next August. In total, only 140 scholars were selected out of more than 3,600 applicants from the United States, China, and the rest of the world.
“We are extremely proud of Hasani and Margo for this well-deserved recognition of their accomplishments during their years here at Hunter and beyond their respective graduations,” said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab. “We are thrilled to see Hunter alumni represented once again among the cohorts of such a prestigious program and hope that their achievements continue to inspire our extraordinary young scholars to pursue the distinguished opportunities they deserve.”
“There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the dedicated students and alumni of Hunter College rewarded for their talent and hard work with such esteemed honors,” said Dr. Stephen Lassonde, Director of the Ruth & Harold Newman Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships at Hunter College. “Hasani and Margo are incredibly deserving recipients of this year’s Schwarzman Scholarship, and I’m pleased that Hunter can connect such bright and industrious students to highly competitive opportunities like this.”
“Having attended a small elementary school, a small middle school, and a small high school, I never thought I’d have an opportunity like this,” said Arnold. “Receiving this honor is such an affirmation for me, making me feel like I can achieve things. During these challenging times, it’s amazing to have this door opened to me, which presents enormous options for my future. I’m so thankful to Hunter College and its Chinese Flagship Honors Program, without which I wouldn’t be where I am today.”