Here at the Chamber we would like to congratulate Carolynn Nixon, our Administrative Assistant, for being selected as a 2019 Charles B. Rangel Fellow. A Bainbridge native, Carolynn graduated magna cum laude from Georgia Southern University in 2017. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a part of the University Honors Program and several student organizations. She began her career volunteering at a local food bank in Statesboro, GA. She worked in hospitality as a front desk agent in Bainbridge before coming to the Chamber in February. We have been happy to have her, and we are excited for her future.
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.
An excerpt from Carolynn’s Statement of Purpose: “I am specifically interested in the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, because my previous education and my personal experiences sparked my passion for international affairs and government. I am excited to be a Foreign Service Officer and become a representative for my government. As a global citizen, I look forward to balancing the responsibility I have to the United States and the international community.”
The deadline for the Fellowship was September 17th and they notified 60 finalists in mid-October. Carolynn flew to D.C. earlier this month and they made their final selections on November 9th.
In 2019 the Rangel Program plans to award 30 fellowships of up to $37,500 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees. This includes up to $21,500 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $16,000.
As a Rangel Fellow, Carolynn will be leaving us in May 2019 for orientation and to start fulfilling her fellowship obligations. There will be two required summer internships. The first will be prior to beginning graduate school on Capitol Hill. The other will be after her first year at an international U.S. Embassy. Following the completion of her graduate degree, there is a 5-year employment commitment to the U.S. Department of State.
A note from Carolynn: “I am unbelievably grateful for this opportunity. This competitive fellowship will allow me to pursue the career of my dreams. I am thankful for all the support and encouragement I have received from friends and family. I am also thankful for my work family for their kind words and concern for my future.”