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Graduating University of Maryland Senior Christina Powell Wins Prestigious Rangel Fellowship

May 11, 2016

Media Contact: Patricia H. Scroggs, Director of the Rangel Program – 202.806.5909;

On March 11, Christina Powell, a graduating senior at the University of Maryland College Park, was awarded a 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Fellowship will provide Christina with approximately $95,000 in benefits over a two year period and give her the opportunity to represent her country overseas. She was one of only thirty fellows selected nationwide.

Christina, the daughter of a United States Army veteran, grew up in West Point, NY. In May 2016 she will graduate from the University of Maryland and earn a B.A. in Government and Politics with minors in International Development and Conflict management as well as Spanish. She has also completed focal studies in African American Studies. As an undergraduate, Christina was a Global Public Health Scholar in the College Park Scholars Program and she has been involved in many activities on campus. She was a W.E.B. Du Bois National Honor Society Member and was involved with the National Council of Negro women among many other campus activities. She has also had various internship experiences as an undergraduate ranging from Capitol Hill to The State Department where she is currently an intern in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Committed to service, she has volunteered internationally in places such as Costa Rica and she even spent a summer living and working in Ecuador with “Solucciones Communitarias”, an international NGO. Aside from service and study abroad travels, she has also traversed international borders for leisure and she has visited countries such as Panama, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, France and Spain. Christina has always been interested in a career in Foreign Service and she is committed to serving her country and her family as a Rangel Fellow.

Christina will pursue a master’s degree at Georgetown University where she will study U.S. National Security Policy and Intelligence. She will begin graduate school in fall 2016. As part of the Rangel Program, Christina will work for a Member of Congress on international issues this summer. In summer 2017, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Christina will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country.

The Director of the Rangel Program, Patricia Scroggs, stated, “We are thrilled to have Christina join our program. Our selection panel was very impressed by her intelligence, achievements, and commitment to service. Her experience at the University of Maryland provided an outstanding foundation for her in these areas. I am confident that she will excel in graduate school and will contribute to global peace and prosperity as a U.S. diplomat.”

In addition, a 2015 alumnus who majored in Chinese also received the Rangel Fellowship this year.

About the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program is a joint initiative between the U.S. State Department and Howard University that aims to enhance the excellence and diversity of the U.S. Foreign Service. Begun in 2003, the Rangel Fellowship Program selects outstanding young people each year from around the country who exhibit the ideal qualities of a Foreign Service Officer. Managed by the Ralph J. Bunche Center at Howard University, the Rangel Fellowship supports those selected through graduate school and professional development activities that prepare them for their careers as Foreign Service Officers. With the academic, professional and financial support from the program, Fellows now serve as diplomats around the world, contributing to a more diverse representation and effective execution of U.S. foreign policy.

University of Maryland Sophomore Igor Neves Receives the Rangel Summer Enrichment Award

Igor Neves, a sophomore majoring in history, has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program scholarship. He served for five with the United States Marine Corps, having worked with the Diplomatic Security Service in consulates as well as embassies around the world. He is now a U.S. Civil Affairs Non Commissioned Officer. At Maryland his coursework focuses on military and diplomatic history, as well as Latin America. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in a field that will help him prepare for career with the U.S. Department of State.

About the Rangel Summer Enrichement Program
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects 15 participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

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