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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard Joins Celebration as Rangel Fellowship Program Turns Ten
Representative Charles B. Rangel (center) Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau (center right) and the Rangel Scholar Fellows.

WASHINGTON (October 25, 2012) – Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau joined Congressman Charles B. Rangel and Secretary Hillary Clinton on Oct. 2 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program at a State Department ceremony.

"Howard University's international footprint is more important than ever. Through programs like the Rangel and Pickering, we are able to scale up our efforts to diversify the foreign service and uniquely prepare our students to advance this national agenda," said Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is an initiative involving the U.S. Department of State, the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center of Howard University, and the U.S. Congress. Congressman Rangel created the program in 2002 to diversify our Foreign Service and to give young people, especially minorities, exposure to careers of international service.  Howard has produced more Rangel fellows than any other university.

President Ribeau accepted an award at the ceremony which recognized Howard University for its management of the Rangel Program over the past decade. Harold A. Scott, Ph.D., interim director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Center, where the Rangel Program is based, also attended. Patricia H. Scroggs, who directs the Rangel program at Howard, also was honored.

A number of Rangel Fellows from Howard also attended the ceremony, including Fonta Gilliam (BA ’04) who addressed the gathering. Gilliam is currently a Foreign Service Officer who has served in Seoul, South Korea and in the Office of Developing Country Finance in the Department of State.  Other Howard University attendees were Chuka Asike (BS, ’02) who has served in Addis Ababa, Dubai, The World Bank and in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in the State Department.  Charlotte Young, (BA, ’10), and Sheena Hall, (BA, ’12) also attended. 

In the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, 20 graduate students and 15-20 college undergraduates gain exposure to Foreign Service and other international careers.  Selected in a rigorous national competition, Rangel Graduate Fellows receive a fellowship valued at up to $90,000 for two years of graduate study, internships, and professional development activities, followed by employment in the State Department Foreign Service.  Undergraduate Rangel Scholars do a six-week program to learn about international affairs issues and careers at Howard University.  This includes coursework at Howard University, intensive professional development activities, and exposure to fellowship and graduate school opportunities.  They visit and meet with foreign affairs professionals in government and non-governmental organizations around Washington. 

“Foreign Service is the best kept secret in Washington,” Rangel said in his remarks. “I am confident that these Fellows are making a difference in U.S. embassies around the world and I encourage anyone who is interested in foreign affairs to pursue a career in diplomacy.”

To recommend an outstanding candidate for the Rangel Fellowship, or to find out more information about the application process, which opens on Oct. 15, visit and


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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