Congratulations to Jack Huebner and Matthew Prusak Class of 2018 Schwarzman Scholars

Huebner, Jack

Jack Huebner will graduate May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a minor in French.  A Canadian citizen and USC Presidential Scholar, Jack was recognized for his academic excellence upon admission to USC and later on as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. After freshman year, Jack served as a Global Impact Fellow with Unite For Sight in Ghana, where he partnered with local eye clinics.  He went on to serve on a 5-member team that conducted epidemiology studies on burn incidence and care in Uganda on behalf of BC Children’s Hospital.  Jack continues his research efforts with BCCH and also volunteers at Cedars Sinai Hospital through the Trojan Health Volunteers Program. In addition to his studies and volunteer efforts, Jack serves as Assistant Captain of the men’s USC Ice Hockey team, a sanctioned member of USA Hockey and the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Under Jack’s leadership, the team has won the Crosstown Cup for the past two years against UCLA and finished second this year in the Pac 8.  As a Schwarzman Scholar, Jack endeavors to learn from China’s approach to healthcare to address the gap in quality primary care across developing nations.  Upon completing his Schwarzman Scholarship year, Jack plans to become a physician and future team member of Doctors Without Borders in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prusak, Matthew

Matthew Prusak graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Global Business). Matthew was a USC Presidential Scholar and served as editor-in-chief of both the Southern California International Review and the Social Justice Review. He also played a crucial role in helping to set the tone of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study as a student-leader in charge of the undergraduate wing of the organization.  His senior year, Matthew was selected for the Queens’ College Cambridge – USC Exchange program, an opportunity for only one undergraduate student each year.  Matthew returned to USC to earn the Global Scholar distinction his final semester which blended his reflections from his time abroad in China, Indonesia and the UK, with his research on the need for economic engagement with North Korea.  Matthew currently works as a management consultant with Bain & Company’s Southeast Asia office, where he focuses on social impact and technology projects. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Matthew hopes to gain an in-depth appreciation of the trilateral relationship between the U.S., China, and the rest of the world in regard to trade policy in the 21st century. Following the Schwarzman Scholarship, Matthew plans to complete an MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business before pursuing a career in international trade negotiation.

About Schwarzman Scholars:
Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence in 2016.