Oklahoma City University alumna awarded Rangel Fellowship

The $90,000 fellowship will help an Oklahoma City alumna cover her pursuit of a master degree’s in public policy at Harvard University, one internship in Washington, D.C., this summer and one at a U.S. embassy overseas next summer, both related to foreign policy.
By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer Published: May 31, 2014

While Cravens is at Harvard, one of the things she will focus on is youth and education issues in developing nations. Cravens said that Harvard is making up the difference for her tuition so large bills from schooling won’t be a worry.

“I’m inspired by people that give back to the community, average people who mentor, who see the value in giving back,” Cravens said.

Upon graduation, she will be offered full-time employment as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Foreign Service.

She is currently in Washington working with Rep. Charles B. Rangel on issues related to U.S. foreign policy.

Funded by the U.S. State Department and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, the Rangel Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Cravens said only 20 people nationwide are awarded it every year.

“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,” said Patricia Scroggs, program director. “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.”