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Howard University Student Nicole Baden Earns Prestigious Rangel Fellowship
WASHINGTON (April 25, 2011) – Nicole Baden, a Howard University senior audio production major, was awarded a 2011 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide selection process.

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 want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Fellowship will provide Baden with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs.

As part of the program, Baden will work for a member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs this summer. In the summer of 2012, 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, she will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country.

“We are thrilled to have Nicole as part of the program,” said Patricia Scroggs, director of the Charles B. Rangel program. “Nicole has already demonstrated impressive achievements in her academic career at Howard University, as well as a strong commitment to community service.    I have no doubt that she will excel in graduate school and make important contributions to promoting global peace and prosperity as a U.S. diplomat.” 
Nicole Baden
(Photo by Justin D. Knight)
Baden, a native of Suitland, Md., maintains a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in audio production and minoring in Spanish. The future diplomat has an immense love for languages and has taken advantage of numerous opportunities during her Howard career.

In 2010, Baden received the U.S.  State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Culture University.  Beyond Mandarin and Spanish, she has studied other languages, including Arabic and Korean.

In January 2011, Baden was a student panelist in the “100,000 Strong Initiative” forum, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. She spoke about her experience as a Critical Language Scholar in China and how important it is for students to study abroad and learn new languages.  Baden is in the Annenberg Honors Program in the School of Communications, a member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honors Society and is a recipient of the Howard University Leadership Scholarship as well as the Howard University Trustee Scholarship. 

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.
For more information visit: www.rangelprogram.org.
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