Lincoln University senior Katrina Springer was awarded a 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship last month following a highly competitive nationwide contest.
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.
“I am really excited to have been selected as a Rangel Fellow,” Springer said. “I have been working toward a career in the U.S. Foreign Service since my freshman year at Lincoln, and receiving the fellowship affirms that my efforts have paid off.”
Springer, a Syracuse, New York native and a first-generation American of Barbadian and Panamanian heritage, is the daughter of Joyce and Roberto Springer. The political science major, who is completing a minor in international relations, has participated in student government as a class senator, and executive board member of the Horace Mann Bond Honors Program and Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society.
“We are thrilled that Katrina will be joining the Rangel Program,” said Patricia Scroggs, Rangel Program Director. “During her time at the Lincoln University, she demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership and commitment to service. These experiences bode well for her success in graduate school and in the Foreign Service. I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in her career.”
An aspiring Foreign Services officer, Springer has focused on international travel and exposure to foreign culture through participation in Semester at Sea, the 2014 U.S.-China Student Summit, the Middlebury Language Schools’ Summer Arabic Language Program, and a World Affairs Council of Philadelphia internship while at Lincoln. She plans to pursue graduate studies in public diplomacy at Syracuse University.
The Rangel Fellowship, which will provide Springer with approximately $95,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs, also affords the opportunity to work for a member of Congress on foreign affairs issues this summer.
The following summer in 2016, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. After completing her master’s degree, Springer will become a U.S. diplomat.