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Blaise Buma–Schwarzman Scholar

Name: Blaise Buma

Class Year: 2015

Hometown: Bamenda, Cameroon

Major(s): Mathematics

Opportunity and Year: Schwarzman Scholars Program, 2016-17

Project Summary: I was a member of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholar’s class and earned a Master’s in Global Affairs, concentrating in Economics and Business.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? W&L gave me the educational foundation upon which my modest accomplishments have thus far been predicated. I never would’ve left Cameroon without a generous financial aid and scholarship from Washington and Lee. More practically speaking, the W&L faculty helped me to prepare for the Schwarzman Scholars Interview.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I wanted to understand China better, secure better opportunities for the future, and expand my network.

Post-graduation Plans: I am currently (2018) working. I will enroll at Harvard Business School in the fall of 2019.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? The Schwarzman Scholars helped me to achieve two of three goals I had set for myself: get into an MBA program; and change careers from Sales & Trading to Banking/Private Equity.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Open Dreams Organization that I co-founded in order provide the power of education to high-achieving, low-income students in Cameroon who dare to dream big enough to study abroad.

Off-campus Experience:

Study abroad at LSE, Trans-Siberian Railway, Nepal (The Oda Foundation), among others.

Research Experience:

Way back during sophomore year, I did a neuroscience research with Professor Erikson; and I had other research experience outside of W&L

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