Former St. Jean Baptiste Student Receives Highly Prestigious International Schwarzman Prize

(NEW YORK, NY–December 4, 2018) – Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced that former St. Jean Baptise student Joy Nuga has been honored with this year’s Schwarzman Scholarship. Nuga will spend a year in Beijing for graduate studies in global affairs. This achievement is especially remarkable considering that Nuga is among just 147 students selected from nearly 2,900 applicants worldwide.

Joy Nuga, a graduate of Hunter’s Macaulay Honors College, is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. Born and raised in the Bronx, she credits her time at St. Jean Baptiste High School, and her mentors both there and at Hunter, for her growth as a woman of color determined to make her way in business and world affairs.

While majoring in economics with a double minor in math and German, Nuga earned a public policy certificate at Roosevelt House and served in the Hunter College Senate, rising to its highest student position of vice-chair. As a junior, she completed internships with UBS Private Wealth Management and the cybersecurity company iQ4/CWA, and won the nationally competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University. As a senior, she was named a Franklin Williams Scholar in Energy & Geoeconomics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Currently a risk analyst at Goldman Sachs, she expresses the hope that her studies as a Schwarzman Scholar will help her become “a global leader in the intersection of finance and cybersecurity.” Perhaps one day, she adds, she’ll also have the chance to work for the State Department in global cyber affairs. Whatever lies ahead, she sees the Beijing-based program as “the best opportunity to truly understand the country that will be at the pinnacle of business, finance and technology.”