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Prestigious Pickering Fellowship Awarded to Vanessa Rozier
Howard alumna Vanessa Rozier (B.A. '09) was recently named one of 20 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellows, following a highly competitive nationwide contest including more than 300 applicants.
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Pickering Fellowship seeks and supports extraordinary individuals interested in careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. The fellowship is a dream come true for Rozier who aspires to become a diplomat.
“I am proud to represent Howard University in the Pickering program and in the larger Foreign Service community,” Rozier said. “With so few African American diplomats, I also look forward to helping the faces of the Foreign Service represent the faces of America."
The Pickering Fellowship recruits talented individuals in fields relevant to international affairs, politics, economics, science policy and administration management. The goal is to attract students from diverse racial, ethnic and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in Foreign Service in the U.S. Department of State. Fellows are required to participate in two internships within the State Department, one overseas and one domestic. A mentor from Foreign Service is also provided during their fellowship.
The 2010 Pickering Fellows will receive financial support of up to $50,000 annually towards tuition and mandatory fees, living stipend, reimbursement for books and some travel, pending availability of funding. This fall, Rozier will begin graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Rozier has had an enduring passion and interest in international affairs. Her undergraduate thesis examined the effects news media have on African immigrants’ perception on African Americans. While at Howard, she traveled to Rwanda for a conference where she conducted research for her thesis and was able to interact with the people living in the country’s capital, Kigali. Rozier recounts this as “an experience like no other.”
Rozier served as Editor-in-Chief of the university daily newspaper The Hilltop, interned for the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and Bloomberg News, She also served on the inaugural mtvU Editorial Board cast that interviewed Former President Bill Clinton. In addition, she served as a member of the university chapter of the National Council of Negro Women and a representative for the campus affiliate of the American Progress.
As part of the Pickering Program, Rozier will work at the U.S. Department of State in Washington in the summer of 2011. The Department of State will then send her overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to gain hands-on experience with foreign policy. Immediately following the completion of the program, Rozier, must meet Department of State entry requirements by passing the Foreign Service examination, which consists of written and oral tests as well as an interview. After passing the examination she will be eligible to work in the Foreign Service.
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