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Second consecutive Northwestern student wins Yenching scholarship

Allison Sherlock

EVANSTON - Northwestern University senior Allison Sherlock will spend an academic year as a Yenching Scholar in China, where she will study economics and management with a particular interest in political economy.

Sherlock is the second consecutive Northwestern undergraduate student who has won the scholarship from the Yenching Academy of Peking University in China. 

Now in its third year, the fully funded Yenching fellowship is designed to shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world.

Sherlock is majoring in both history and Asian studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She participated in a language immersion course of study in Beijing at Minzu University, where she developed her interest in the economic potential of China's growing cities.

“I'm very excited to go back to Beijing, one of my favorite cities, to further my studies of economics in China,” Sherlock said. “Peking University and the Yenching Academy offer unparalleled research opportunities in Chinese studies, and I'm looking forward to sharing these experiences with such a talented global cohort.”

After graduating from Northwestern in June, Sherlock will begin the fellowship at the Yenching Academy, where she will enroll in the Master of China Studies program.

The Yenching scholarship program brings together promising young leaders and innovators from around the world to explore China and develop international perspectives. The young scholars can take advantage of the academic talent and cultural resources of the Peking University campus and beyond.

The Northwestern student who preceded Sherlock in the 2016 program was Diana Chang, who studied biological sciences and art theory and practice in Weinberg College.