A current Howard University student and two class of 2009 graduates were awarded 2012 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowships. With three winners this year, Howard maintains its position as the top provider of Rangel Fellows in the country.
The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who seek careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Fellowship will provide each recipient with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs.
The award recipients were: Kelly McCray, a native of Decatur, Georgia, who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in English and Greek; Charlotte Young, a Columbia, S.C.-native, who graduated from the School of Communications in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism; and Sheena Hall, of Richmond, Indiana, a May 2012 candidate for a bachelor’s degree in political science.
As part of the Rangel program, the recipients will work for members of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs this summer. In the summer of 2013, the fellows will receive overseas assignments from the U.S. Department of State. They will work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy. Upon completion of the fellowship, the three will become U.S. diplomats.
“We are thrilled to have Charlotte, Kelly and Sheena join the program,” said Patricia Scroggs, director of the Charles B. Rangel program. “Each has demonstrated impressive achievements in their academic careers at Howard University. I have no doubt that they will excel in graduate school and make important contributions to promoting global peace and prosperity as U.S. diplomats.”
Kelly McCray was a Laureate scholarship recipient at Howard University, president of the Sterling Allen Brown English Society, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During the fall of 2007 she studied abroad in South Africa, and during the summer of 2008 she was a participant in the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program. In 2009, Kelly was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Chiang Rai, Thailand. After completing her Fulbright Scholarship, she remained in Thailand for an additional year and a half working as a public relations and information officer at Mae Fah Luang University. Read Full