3 Panthers Receive Prestigious Charles B. Rangel Presidential Graduate and Management Scholarships | FIU News

Two recent graduates and one graduate student from FIU have received prestigious scholarships that help them with their graduate studies and advance their careers in American foreign policy and government leadership. All three students were Intelligence Community-Centers of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) Fellows from FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy.

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Scholarship

Max Ulloa and Brandon Lee were selected as fellows for the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Scholarship. The Rangel Graduate Scholarship aims to “prepare outstanding young people for careers in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy.”

The program supports scholars through two years of graduate study, internships, mentorship, and professional development activities.

Lee and Ulloa were selected as national finalists and are two of 45 recipients of this prestigious scholarship. Lee is an Honors College student majoring in international relations and political science with a minor in economics and business analysis. His transformational experiences as an IC-CAE Fellow and his internship in DC at the Treasury Department “fuelled his desire” for a future in the foreign service.

“The continued support of the CRF over the past year encouraged me to try again and ultimately made [the fellowship] a reality,” he said.

Ulloa, also an IC-CAE fellow, heard about the fellowship from friends on his Model UN team. He credits his experiences as a Model United Nations delegate and Diplomacy Lab researcher with expanding his knowledge and giving him the confidence to join the workforce. Ulloa aspires to study law and diplomacy in graduate school, with concentrations in international negotiation and global organizations.

“[Becoming a] The foreign service officer will allow me to help Americans abroad, serve on the front lines of our foreign policy decisions, and represent the multiculturalism of my Latino community in the same job,” he said. he declares. Ulloa also received a certificate in national security studies from the Gordon Institute.

Presidential Scholarship Program in Management

Graduate student Gustavo* was selected as a finalist in the Presidential Management Fellows program, a highly competitive government program that pairs graduate students with experiences in federal leadership and public policy and program management. Gustavo earned an undergraduate degree in finance and has spent most of his career in technology and business, but has always been interested in foreign affairs and civic engagement. The loss of a good friend to gun violence as well as the pandemic lockdown made him rethink his career path.

“Once the COVID lockdowns were in place, I asked myself, ‘Where can I put my knowledge of history, politics, economics and current affairs to good use?’ and decided to pursue graduate studies and pursue opportunities in public service,” he said.He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs program.

Students interested in scholarship opportunities like these or others should contact Prestigious Scholar Development at https://scholarships.fiu.edu.

*surname intentionally omitted

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