Francesca Macchiavello Receives Schwarzman Scholarship

A photo of Francesca Macchiavello, facing right, digging the ball
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(Information was used from the MIT News Office Story published on December 7, 2020)

Cambridge, Mass. (December 14) – Women's volleyball senior Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.) was one of four MIT students to be awarded 2022 Schwarzman Scholarships as announced last week. She will pursue master's degrees in global affairs and leadership training at Tsinghua University in Beijing beginning in August.

For their one-year master's program in global affairs, Schwarzman Scholars receive instruction by renowned international faculty, with frequent guest lectures from global thought leaders. Leadership training, internships, mentorship, career development, and travel throughout China are also emphasized.

A captain and a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team qualifier, Macchiavello totaled 312 digs and 26 aces as a defensive specialist despite missing her sophomore season due to injury. During the 2017 NEWMAC Championship Tournament semifinal against Wheaton College, she generated a career-high five aces with four coming during a nine-point serving run that gave MIT a pivotal second-set victory. Last season, Macchiavello tied this career-high mark versus Husson University and she produced a career-best 16 digs versus Emerson College in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament.

Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Macchiavello is majoring in computer science, economics, and data science and her interests lie in accessible energy development. She taught computer science in Durban and interned at a social enterprise in Rio de Janeiro. Macchiavello is currently working with MIT D-Lab on a solar energy project in northern Uganda. She has served as the diversity co-chair for MIT's Undergraduate Economics Association and a mentor for Big Sisters. Macchiavello aspires to return to Peru and work on expanding energy access in rural areas.

The mission of the Schwarzman Scholar program is to increase mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world by bringing together talented young leaders and deepening their understanding of China. Applicants are evaluated for leadership qualities and the potential to bridge cultural and political differences. This year, 154 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from more than 3,600 applicants from 39 countries. Since 2015, when the program was founded, 23 MIT students and alumni have been named Schwarzman Scholars.

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