Lindner student named to Schwarzman Scholars class of 2024-25
Lance Entsuah recognized as a recipient of the nationally competitive award
Carl H. Lindner College of Business student Lance Entsuah, BA ’24, recently earned admission to the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars program that offers a one-year, fully funded master’s degree program in global affairs from Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.
Entsuah, who studies economics at Lindner, endured a competitive application and interview process that began with more than 4,000 applicants. The University Honors student, Lindner Business Fellow and NEXT Innovation Scholar will join an accomplished class of 150 students representing a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
“It means a lot to me. I’m super excited. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I was fortunate enough to get it. It just means the world to me,” said Entsuah. “Looking through the previous cohorts of scholars, they are all incredibly talented. They're the top of the top, the best of the best, so to be able to even be considered among them is a huge honor for me.”
Founded in 2013, Schwarzman Scholars aims to meet the needs of an evolving geopolitical landscape by identifying and fostering the talents of young leaders to create a bridge between China and the global community. The class of 2024-25 is the ninth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, and students will join a growing community of more than 1,000 program alumni comprising 100 countries and more than 400 global institutions.
Born in Ghana, Entsuah believes the program will arm him with the tools necessary to achieve his long-term goal of establishing a private equity, venture capital alternative investments fund in the country.
“The Schwarzman Scholars program is an ideal fit for Lance,” said Jenny Hyest, PhD, director of UC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. “This scholarship, with its focus on leadership, is simultaneously a recognition of all that Lance has accomplished during his time at UC and an investment in his tremendous potential as a globally minded leader with a compelling vision for how venture investing can drive economic development in West Africa. We are proud to have Lance represent the university on a global stage as a Schwarzman Scholar.”
Outside of the educational opportunities associated with the program, Entsuah looks forward to gaining exposure to and participating in many new cultural experiences. Having traveled much of the globe — from Toulouse, France, where he is currently studying abroad, to Japan, Tanzania and Central America — Entsuah sees himself practicing business on a global scale in his future career. And the Schwarzman program will only further propel him toward this goal.
“Initially when I started my career, I thought, ‘OK, I will do what I need to do to gain a lot of experience to do X, Y and Z, and then I'll start my long-term vision.’ But Schwarzman is really empowering me to get started now,” said Entsuah. “I've been having a lot of conversations with mentors and different people to figure out how — now that I’m part of the Schwarzman Scholars — to be on track to be able to do all of this.”
Featured image at top: Lance Entsuah (left), BA '24, was presented with the Heart of William J. Keating Leadership Award by Dean Marianne Lewis (center) at the 2023 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards. Photo by Lauren Meisberger.
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