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Release Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:36 AM
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Howard Alumnae Awarded Esteemed Rangel Fellowship

Howard alumnae Kenya James and NaaKoshie Mills selected for Rangel fellowships

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2013) – With two recipients of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship in 2013, Howard University maintains its position as the top producer of Rangel Fellows in the country for the second consecutive year.

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 exemplary 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.

This year’s fellowship recipients are NaaKoshie Mills (B.A. ’11), a Ghanaian-American raised in Washington, D.C., and Jamaican-American Kenya James (B.A. ’11), an Atlanta native. Both women majored in political science.

As Rangel Fellows, Mills and James will work this summer for a member of Congress on foreign affairs issues. In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Department of State will send them overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and Foreign Service work. Upon graduation, they will become U.S. diplomats.

“We are thrilled to have NaaKoshie and Kenya join the program,” said Patricia Scroggs, director of the Rangel Program at the Bunche Center. “I have been fortunate enough to know both of them for several years and have always been very impressed by their commitment to making a difference in the world.”

Before entering Howard, Mills participated in the Ralph Bunche Center’s High School International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program in 2007. She went on to study abroad in Granada, Spain and has interned for the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mills is currently a Fulbright Research Grantee in Bogotá, Colombia where she is studying the challenges faced by Afro-Colombian women who create micro-enterprises.

James also participated in the Bunche Center’s High School International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program in 2007. After studying abroad in Italy and France, she went on to intern for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.N. Environment Programme Regional Office of North America. James currently works as a press assistant for the Democratic Policy and Communications Center under the leadership of Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Visit here for more information about the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program.


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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