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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard Boasts Prestigious Rangel Fellowship Recipients in 2012
Rangel Fellows Sheena Hall and Charlotte Young.

WASHINGTON (May 8, 2012) – 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.

Charlotte Young, a member of the Annenberg Honors Program, was awarded the Journalism Chairman Student of the Year award. After graduating, she moved to Dakar, Senegal to work as a Teaching Fellow, instructing English to sixth and eleventh graders at the Senegalese American Bilingual School. After finishing the fellowship, Charlotte remained in Senegal to work for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and the West Africa Democracy Radio. The experiences allowed her to use her Howard journalism training to write news briefs, create nightly news packages, and deliver the news bulletin for the nightly evening news.

Currently, Sheena Hall is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, the Arabic Club, and Phi Beta Kappa. Hall served as an intern for Congressman Larry Kissell and participated in a research internship with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. During the summer of 2009, she studied Arabic in Egypt, and in summer 2010, Sheena was a participant in the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program. Immediately after, she left to study abroad in Hyderabad, India as a Benjamin Gilman Scholar. While in India, Sheena worked for the NGO, Kriti, which focuses on improving the lives of Muslim women in Hyderabad slums.

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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