Four Yale College seniors and three recent Yale graduates are among 150 scholars from around the world who have been selected as 2024 Schwarzman Scholars. This year’s scholars include Claire Zalla, who graduated in 2021 with a BA in global affairs, and Andrew DeWeese, a Yale senior in the Brady-Johnson Program for Grand Strategy.
The scholarship program, which was established in 2013, aspires to create a global network of leaders who will shape the future. Each scholar receives funding for a one-year master’s degree program at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
The 2023-24 cohort includes scholars from 43 countries and 114 different universities. They join a network of past fellows that now includes more than 1,200 members from 100 countries and 424 institutions worldwide.
After graduating from Yale, Zalla joined CNN as the lead researcher on Fareed Zakaria GPS and received an Emmy nomination for her work on a special program about the fall of Kabul. She has internship experience with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Navy, and National War College. She has a deep interest in conflict management and hopes to work in negotiation, mediation, and peacebuilding.
DeWeese is majoring in classics with a certificate in Chinese, and is a research assistant at the Yale Law School, president emeritus of the Alexander Hamilton Society, and longtime violinist with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as a strategy analyst in Washington, a student and business analyst in Taipei, and a research student in Delhi. In the future, DeWeese hopes to work in foreign policy and devise a new and more balanced American security strategy.