West Point Cadets Selected For Schwarzman Scholarship

By West Point Public Affairs

Date: Friday, Dec 17, 2021 Time: 17:47 EST RELEASE NO: 28-21

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadets Aiden Roberts and Caroline Vincent, Class of 2022, were among 151 recipients representing 33 countries and 106 universities to receive the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship for continued academic study following graduation and commissioning in May.

“These cadets have the leadership, intellect, and character that define West Point—the qualities that our nation is going to need to face the challenges in front of us,” said Dean of the Academic Board, Brig. Gen. Shane Reeves.  “We’re so proud of their achievements, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish as Soldier-scholars and officers in the U.S. Army.”

About the Schwarzman Scholars

Cadet Aiden Roberts, Company C-3, Class of 2022, is a Computer Science major with a Chinese focus and was born and raised in Camden and Hope, Maine. Interested in the effects of social media on political polarization, Roberts’ research involves generating and presenting de-polarizing content online. Deeply passionate about the pursuit of truth and fairness, Roberts also serves as an Honor officer and is the president of West Point’s Mock Trial Association. He also earned the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence and his team finished first place during the Fall 2021 Brigade Sandhurst Competition. In his free time, Roberts loves to ski and play the piano, serving as the captain of the Alpine Ski Team and cadet-in-charge of the Department of Foreign Language’s Piano and Voice Mentorship Program.

Upon graduation from West Point, Roberts will be commissioned as an Infantry Officer and study Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing through the Schwarzman Scholarship.

He hopes to leverage his experience with the military, computer science, and Mandarin to tackle the foreign policy challenges of tomorrow. After serving as an Infantry Officer in the military, he hopes to continue his service to the United States at the intersection of tech policy and U.S.-Chinese foreign policy.

“For an Army Officer, receiving the Schwarzman Scholarship presents a rare opportunity to get an inside look at China and the Chinese Communist Party. Despite the challenges of honest academic engagement in Beijing, engage we must. This opportunity means the chance to meet future Chinese leaders as we strive globally toward understanding and away from conflict.”

Caroline Vincent, Company B-3, Class of 2022, is an Engineering Management major focusing on Software Fundamentals, and she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has distinguished herself by receiving the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence, Dean’s Pentathlete Award, Patriot League Athletic Conference Academic All-League, Distinguished Cadet Award, Patriot League Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player Doubles Team, and was named a West Point Scholar Athlete of the Month.

Vincent shaped her undergraduate studies and extracurricular activities around her desire to apply technological solutions to complex societal issues. She has been actively involved in two technology-based internships and two cyber-focused research projects relating to the future of counter-drone technology and artificial intelligence. As a senior, Vincent serves as the team captain for the NCAA Women’s Tennis Team and is a cadet battalion commander in her regiment. She will commission in May as a Cyber Officer in the U.S. Army and will work to protect and defend the nation’s infrastructure and to strengthen the nation’s cyber policy and international alliances in cyberspace. In September, Vincent will study Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing through the Schwarzman Scholarship.

“Given the importance of U.S.-China cyber relations to future international peace and security, I am honored to have the opportunity to live and study in China as part of my desire to strengthen this relationship.”

About the Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholarship is designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. Once admitted, Scholars will attend Tsinghua University in Beijing to pursue a one-year master’s degree in Global Affairs with a core curriculum focused on three pillars: leadership, China, and global affairs. Scholars are taught by leading international and Tsinghua faculty, with frequent guest lectures from prominent global thought leaders.

About West Point:

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.