CCNY SENIOR NATALIE WAUGH EARNS RANGEL FELLOWSHIP
Award Provides Entry Into Foreign Service Upon Completion of Masters Degree
New York, May 11, 2005 – As a child, CCNY graduating senior Natalie Waugh crisscrossed the United States, attending schools in Texas, Missouri, Maryland, Indiana and other places her father’s engineering job took the family. The itinerant life will serve her well as a budding diplomat; Ms. Waugh is one of 10 recipients nationwide of the 2005 Charles B. Rangel Fellowship in International Affairs, which provides participants direct entry into the Foreign Service upon completion of graduate school.
The Rangel Fellowship offers up to $28,000 in support for a two-year master’s degree program. Ms. Waugh, a California native, who will earn a B.A. in International Studies from The City College of New York next month, is mulling acceptances from three top institutions: the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies, the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Harlem Congressman Charles B. Rangel established the Fellowship program, which is run out of Howard University in Washington, to attract outstanding young people who have an interest in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service. Since 2004, fellowship recipients have been exempted from the entrance exam, but must pass an oral exam within five years of entering the service.
“ It’s quite an honor and I feel great about it,” said Ms. Waugh, who has signed a three-year commitment to work in a U.S mission, preferably in a non-English speaking country, after graduate school. She credited Foreign Service veterans Mark Minton and Dr. Clyde Bishop, the State Department’s first two Diplomats-in-Residence (DIR) at The City College, for her success.
Dr. Marina Fernando, Deputy Dean of Social Science and director of CCNY’s International Studies Program, who worked with Congressman Rangel’s office to bring the DIR program to City, called Ms. Waugh an outstanding student. “Her specialty is security and nuclear non-proliferation, and she’s had two State Department summer internships,” Dr. Fernando said.
Ms. Waugh’s first internship was at the State Department headquarters in 2003; the second at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna last year. She will return to Washington after graduation next month for a 12-week summer enrichment program that will include a Congressional internship, before entering graduate school in the fall.