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Release Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:41 PM
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Howard Alumna Awarded Esteemed Rangel Fellowship
Brenda Duverce

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2014) –Brenda Duverce, a Howard University alumna (B.A. ’13) and current Fulbright Fellow, was awarded the 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a rigorous 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 seek careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. Duverce will receive approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. 

As part of the program, Duverce will work for a member of Congress on issues related to foreign policy. In the summer of 2015, 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, Duverce 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 Brenda as part of the program.  She has already demonstrated leadership and impressive academic achievements in her career at Howard University, as well as a strong desire to understand and resolve some critical challenges for the U.S. and global communities,” said Patricia Scroggs, director of the Rangel Program at the Bunche Center. “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.

Duverce, a Haitian-American native of Miami, Fla., is completing a Fulbright research project in Botswana. A first generation college student, Duverce is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a competitive award that funds the education of 1,000 outstanding minority students each year. While at Howard she was a mentor to low-income youth with America’s Promise and a leader in the Catholic campus ministry. She was also a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Duverce majored in political science and Afro-American studies prior to graduating summa cum laude from Howard.

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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