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Alumna Earns Prestigious Rangel Fellowship

Oklahoma City University alumna DeEtta Cravens was awarded a 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest.

Cravens will attend the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for graduate studies where she will focus on youth and education issues in developing nations.

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 want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.  

Cravens graduated from Oklahoma City University where she majored in political science, Spanish and philosophy. During college, she studied international affairs in Valdivia, Chile. She also studied Portuguese as a David L. Boren Scholar in Maceio, Brazil.

Following graduation, Cravens spent one year in Thailand as a J. William Fulbright English teaching assistant. In the United States, she participated in opportunities with an international focus, including the 2010 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment program, the United Nations Association, and OCU’s Multicultural Student Association. Her international experiences complemented the domestic opportunities and secured her decision to pursue a career in the Foreign Service.

The director of the Rangel Program, Patricia Scroggs, stated, “We are thrilled to have DeEtta as part of the program. She brings a strong academic and professional background, as well as a longstanding commitment to service. 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.”

The Rangel Fellowship will provide Cravens with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. As part of the Rangel Program, she will work for Congressman Charles B. Rangel in his Washington office on issues related to U.S. foreign policy. In the summer of 2015, the U.S. Department of State will send Cravens overseas to work in a U.S. embassy to get hands-on experience with foreign policy and the work of the U.S. Foreign Service.

Upon graduation, she will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country.

Cravens is the daughter of Ike and Renee Cravens.