Lauren-Kyger__ scholar profile

Lauren Kyger


Tsinghua University

MA in Global Business Journalism

Class of 2016


My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

Wow, what an amazing opportunity to combine my three biggest interests: journalism, Chinese language, and business! I can’t wait to move to China and have the experience of a lifetime!

Why I’m interested in trade

Trade is pivotal to every country and links the world together as one. I believe that being able to understand how this phenomenon works is to understand how the world works and simply put: I want to know how the world works.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

This scholarship has changed my life in so many ways. Without this scholarship, I would not be living in China earning a first class education in a subject that I am truly passionate about. I am so grateful to the Hinrich Foundation for this truly life-changing opportunity.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

I am very much looking forward to traveling to as many parts of China as possible over the next two years. I also love Chinese food so I am excited to try cuisines from all the different provinces.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home

I am quite embarrassed to admit that I brought my favorite stuffed animal with me from America! Although I am 23-years-old, I have never been apart from my little stuffed dog and I take him everywhere with me to remind me of home.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I am an avid sports fan! I love to play basketball and frequently play at the campus courts here at Tsinghua University. Although I can not follow all of my favorite sports teams while living in Beijing, I occasionally get up in the middle of the night to watch my alma mater, Arizona State University, play football and cheer them on from my dorm room in China! Go Sun Devils!

My proudest achievement so far in life

In April 2014, I received a George Polk Award for Business Reporting for my work as the finance reporting intern for the Center for Public Integrity. My number one goal in life is to make my parents proud, so having them in the audience as I accepted a prestigious journalism award was one of the best moments of my life!

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

When I was 16-years-old I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Although I have had to undergo multiple surgeries and procedures over the years, I never let my disease stop me from pursuing my dreams of studying first at Arizona State University and now in China.

My future goals and aspirations

I hope to one day become an investigative business reporter with a focus on issues in China. I love to travel and would like to see as much of the world as possible!

How I plan to give back and help others

I would love to help other children diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis accomplish their goals and inspire them to not let JRA stand in the way of their dreams. I have worked with the Arthritis Foundation in the past and hope to continue working with them in the future to raise awareness and improve the lives of kids with JRA!

Personal statement

I am extremely proud and excited to be a Hinrich Foundation scholar. I am so incredibly grateful to the Foundation for awarding me this opportunity to earn a Master’s degree at one of the top universities in China. I look forward to continuing my studies of journalism, business and the Chinese language over the next two years as well as exploring all that China has to offer. Beijing is such an interesting city and I am happy to call it home for the duration of my studies. I look forward to soaking up as much Chinese culture and eat as much Chinese food as I can here in Beijing!

Story about Lauren Kyger

My name is Lauren Kyger and I am currently a graduate student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Business Journalism. I am from a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts and I graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a minor in Chinese language. My three major interests in life are journalism, Chinese language and business. Over the course of my study at Tsinghua University I hope to develop these three skills even further so that one day I can accomplish my goal of becoming an international business reporter with a focus on business in China.

I have been interested in China since I was a young child and began studying Chinese language my senior year of high school. I continued my study throughout college and had an amazing opportunity to study abroad in Beijing in the spring of 2012. I quickly fell in love with everything about China: the culture, the language, the food and the people! I knew I wished to return as soon as possible and was lucky enough to receive a scholarship from the Hinrich Foundation to make that dream a reality.

My passion for business journalism was fully realized in 2013 when I graduated from ASU and moved to Washington, D.C. to become the investigative finance reporting intern at the Center for Public Integrity. Our investigative series, “After the Meltdown”, was published in numerous journalism outlets across the country and for our journalistic efforts, the finance reporting team was awarded a 2013 George Polk Award for excellence in business reporting. I fell in love with investigative business reporting and knew from that experience that that was what I wanted to do with my life.

Besides my studies, I am also very interested in many hobbies such as traveling, reading and playing sports!