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Thursday, April 23, 2009

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IU Bloomington graduate awarded Rangel Fellowship

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April 23, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Recent Indiana University Bloomington graduate Katherine Ntiamoah has been selected as a 2009 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow following a highly competitive nationwide competition.

The fellowship, funded by the U.S. State Department and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, provides more than $80,000 for graduate study and travel to extraordinary individuals who want to pursue careers in the U.S. Foreign Service.

"I am truly excited that I was awarded this fellowship because not only am I able to finance my graduate education but I am able to represent the United States as a career diplomat, which has been my lifelong dream," Ntiamoah said. "I am ready and eager to contribute positively to America's image abroad as well as being able to travel the world. I am also forever grateful to Indiana University's international studies program, my study-abroad and internship experiences, which gave me a solid theoretical and practical footing for the career field I am embarking upon."

Ntiamoah, who is from Munster, Ind., received a Bachelor of Arts from IU Bloomington in 2008 with a major in international studies and minors in African languages and political science. While at IU, she studied abroad at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana, participated in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Washington Leadership Program, won numerous awards and served internships at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the State Department.

Since graduating from IU, she has worked for Habitat for Humanity in Waukegan, Ill., as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.

Ntiamoah will use the fellowship to pursue a two-year master's degree in international relations at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Through the program, she will work for a member of the U.S. Congress this summer and will work overseas for the State Department at a U.S. embassy in the summer of 2010.

"The Rangel program is thrilled to have Katherine as a Fellow, and I know she will represent the United States in the most positive light as a U.S. diplomat," said Patricia Scoggs, the Rangel program manager.

Twenty Rangel fellowships were awarded this year. In 2008, IU graduate Harvey Beasley was named a Rangel fellow.

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