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Spelman's Tuckett and Beaman Awarded Rangel Fellowships

June 2016

Rangel Scholars at SpelmanRecent Spelman graduates Sade Tuckett and Tyra Beaman, C’2016, have been accepted into the highly competitive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, the fellowship is awarded annually to 30 students who desire to pursue a career in the Foreign Service. The Rangel Fellowship also provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support.

Sade Tuckett Strengthens Her Passion for Human Rights

Tuckett, a psychology major from New Rochelle, New York, played an active role in various activities at Spelman. She served as a student leader, member of the African Student Association, the Muslim Student Association and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She also participated in the CIEE Intercultural Engagement Program and was a Ghana student ambassador.

She serves as a foreign affairs intern at the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher that covers significant issues shaping today's international agenda. Tuckett's knowledge of global issues makes her an asset to current political and social activism, and she plans to work in the field of human rights in the future.

Tyra Beaman Receives Rangel and Fulbright Awards

Beaman, an international studies major with a cultural studies concentration and a minor in Spanish, was a Social Justice Fellow and demonstrated her commitment to social causes locally, nationally and globally.

The Glen Allen, Virginia native's passion for social justice began at a young age with her leadership in the Virginia NAACP Youth and College Division of Jack and Jill of America Inc., presidential political campaigns, voter empowerment activism, and efforts to increase opportunities for mentally disabled students to integrate into her high school campus culture.

As a student focused on identity politics, Beaman traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to engage with coloured South Africans on the topic of racial identity and comparing the perceived post-racism America to the Post-Apartheid South Africa. One of four Spelman 2016 graduates to receive grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2016-2017 school year, Beaman will soon begin a teaching assistantship in Korea. 

Will you be Spelman’s Next Rangel Scholar?

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service so that they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Individuals who have successfully completed the Rangel Program in the past are now making a difference in countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Spain and Ireland. Please visit to learn more and/or apply for the Rangel Fellowship.

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