An Oklahoma City University alumna described as both driven and delightful has been awarded a prestigious fellowship in her pursuit of a foreign policy career.
DeEtta Cravens was awarded a 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, giving her approximately $90,000 in benefits over two years for her to pursue a master degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as one internship in Washington, D.C., this summer and one at a U.S. embassy overseas next summer, both related to foreign policy.
“The thing that separates DeEtta is her focus,” said Mary Benner, director of academic services at OCU. “She was active on campus, was active in the community and she just has known what she wanted to do and has gone about and done it.
“(She is) dedicated to a life of service, driven to reach her goals and a delightful person,” Benner said.
Cravens majored in political science, Spanish and philosophy. During college, she studied international affairs in Chile and studied Portuguese in Brazil. After graduation, she spent one year in Thailand as an English teaching assistant.
Her passion is mentoring youth, and she feels a responsibility to help others reach their goals.
“I really believe that youth and education is one of the most productive ways to transform society. I think that education truly has the power to transform a life,” Cravens said. “I’ve seen the transformation done for me. I’ve seen what working hard and what being empowered can do to a person’s life. So I want to contribute to that cause in my career.”