(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University (JSU) alumnus Damian Murray has been named to the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2023. The program funds a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Murray intends to research how entrepreneurship and investing can create wealth in communities of color and close the wealth gap.
“It’s an honor to be a part of Schwarzman’s seventh cohort of scholars,” Murray said. “My fascination for Asia and China began at Jackson State, while visiting Shanghai through the JSU Global program. I also studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand during my junior year.”
Murray is a Columbia University HBCU Fellow who recently completed his master’s degree in technology management. In 2019, he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from JSU. Murray is a Venture Capital Fellow in HBCUvc and Black Venture Capital Consortium (BVCC), training to increase the number of people of color check writers in the venture ecosystem.
“The opportunities afforded to me at JSU, assisted with opening so many doors for me,” Murray said. “I’m grateful for the infinite support received from the JSU community. Without Jackson State, I’m not sure I would be where I am today, so I implore students to take advantage of every opportunity my alma mater offers.”
The Schwarzman Scholars program is one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships. This class includes 151 students, selected from more than 3,000 applicants through a rigorous application process designed to identify leadership potential, intellect, and strength of character. The program’s curriculum explores the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power.