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Alumnus awarded foreign affairs fellowship

June 3, 2013

Chigozie Okocha, a 2011 CSU graduate with a B.A. in Political Science, recently received the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship from The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Originally from Nigeria, Okocha was involved in the Africans United Club and served as an Intercultural Connections Community staff member for University Village while studying political science at CSU.

As a Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow, Okocha will receive financial support for his master’s degree for two years of full-time education at the University of Denver. Okocha will participate in a domestic and international internship, and upon completing his master’s degree, he will commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Foreign Service Officers serve the President of the United States and the Secretary of State in supporting the interests of the U.S. abroad. Foreign Service Officers can be sent anywhere in the world at any time.

Okocha will begin his master’s program at the University of Denver in fall 2013.

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships are awarded to 40 men and women whose academic and professional backgrounds illustrate that they are dedicated to advancing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows are selected because they embody the skills necessary to be a Foreign Service Officer: dedication, leadership, planning, cultural adaptability, and strong communication skills. Fellows receive funding for degrees in public policy, international affairs, public administration, and other related academic fields.

Undergraduate and Graduate students may apply for a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship if they meet eligibility requirements based on GPA, future education plans, and demonstrated leadership skills and academic achievement in programs relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships are administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 

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