Introducing the Inaugural Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows!

After weeks of deliberation, we’ve narrowed the group of nearly 300 applicants for the Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program down to just 40.

The finalists come from a diverse range of backgrounds and represent 38 different China programs between them. We are excited to meet and learn with them this weekend at the Leadership Training Summit.

We are grateful to everyone who applied and all those who submitted references on their behalf. Thanks to all the supporters who made this weekend possible. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Without further ado, allow us to introduce the inaugural group of Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows!

Bethany Allen
New Haven, CT
Yale University
Hopkins Nanjing Center, NSLI-Y
Tyler Bleuel
New York, NY
Horace Mann School
Adam R. Bohan
Omaha, NE
Creighton University
Dorronda Bordley
Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University
Russell Brodie
Raleigh, NC
University of Southern California, Saint Augustine’s University
Confucius Institute
Han Chen
Washington, DC
American University
Brookings Institute, Tsinghua, IUP, Peking University
Emily Cheung
Ellicott City, MD
University of Maryland
University Studies Abroad Consortium China Programs
Jarlene Choy
San Francisco, CA
Teach for China
Charlotte Cotter
Middlebury, VT
Middlebury College
Newton Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program, Confucius Institute
Frank Dolce
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh
Shahin Firoozmand
San Diego, CA
University of California, San Diego
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Semester Program at Fudan University
Alec Grigorian
Boston, MA
Boston College High School
Jordan Hayward
Oxford, MS
University of Mississippi
Language Flagship Program, University of Mississippi in China
Olivia Henshaw
Savannah, GA
American University
CLS, China Studies Institute
Kelicia Raeshauwn Hollis
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Program
Meredith King
Lexington, KY
University of Kentucky
CLS, Confucius Institute
Orin Lincoln
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mack Lorden
Columbus, OH
Ohio State University
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, AIESEC, Freeman Asia, CLS
Maria Loverde
Williamsburg, VA
College of William & Mary
Tsinghua University
Ymara Magloire
New York, NY
Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
APSA, 100K Strong Foundation Ambassadors, NSLI-Y
Avinash Mahbubani
Tampa, FL
University of South Florida
Nankai University
Ervin Edward Mitchell III
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Country Day School
IES, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Sara Monteabaro
New York, NY
New York University
China Studies Insitute , CRCC
Natalie Nagorski
New York, NY
Saint Ann’s School
China Institute
Kyle Obermann
Northfield, MN
St. Olaf College
Beijing Language and Culture University
Marjorie Perry
Atlanta, GA
Emory University
Lillian Prueher
Seattle, WA
University of Washington
Critical Language Scholarship, CET
Michele Helen Reyes
Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University
Lutheran Colleges China Consortium
Margaret Rudy
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College
Beijing 21st Century International School
Natalie Sammarco
Cincinnati, OH
Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Lillygol Sedaghat
Berkeley, CA
University of California, Berkeley
Peking University
Simonetta Simmons
Fairfax, VA
George Mason University
Appalachians Abroad Teach in China Program
Evan Staff
San Antonio, TX
Beloit College
Beloit College Cities in Transition
Andrew Switzer
Northfield, MN
St. Olaf College
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Karen Thang
Lancaster, CA
University of California, Berkeley
Appalachians Abroad Teach in China Program
Brice Turner
Washington, D.C.
Johns Hopkins University
Peking University, CIEE
Alicia Underhill
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia
University of Virginia in Shanghai
Annabel Virella
Prescott, AZ
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Matthew Werth
Newark, DE
University of Delaware
Confucius Institute, CLS
Matthew Williams
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State University
Fulbright Program, CET