B.S., Political Science and Global Studies
Minor: Chinese Language and Culture
Summa Cum Laude
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Plans: Fulbright researcher, China
I have found the faculty at UMBC to be overwhelmingly encouraging, helpful, and engaging. Their support has made it possible for me to accept unique professional opportunities in D.C. and in China.
For Marc Schultz, UMBC has been a key to the world, giving him access to opportunities that, a few short years ago, he didn’t know would be possible.
Schultz started at UMBC with a focus on developing his academic credentials and broadening his horizons. By sophomore year, he earned an internship at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His next step in exploring his interest in China was to earn a Boren Scholarship, which provided $20,000 to study Mandarin and urban development at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China during his junior year. After graduation, Schultz will return to China to study urban planning policy in Chengdu through a Fulbright research award.
“I am not sure that I would have come as close to mastering the Chinese language as I have without attending UMBC,” explains Schultz. “Brian Souders, associate director of international education services, really encouraged me from the beginning of my university career to keep up my grades to be eligible for more international opportunities.” He followed Souders’s recommendation and is graduating with the Outstanding Senior Award in political science as well as memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
Schultz has also remained engaged in the campus community, serving as co-head delegate for UMBC’s Model United Nations, event programmer on UMBC’s Student Events Board (seb), an academic tutor, and a volunteer with the Refugee Youth Project. He shares, “Throughout my four years, the UMBC community has pushed me to be a better student, researcher, and community member.”
Portrait by Marlayna Demond ‘11 for UMBC.