Aspiring Diplomat Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Georgia Southern University alumna Carolynn Nixon (’17) is one of only 30 students and university graduates to win the highly competitive 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The national scholarship is a U.S. Department of State program that prepares young Americans for careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. It funds a two-year master’s degree program in international affairs and provides placement in 10-week internships on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

As a winner of the Rangel Fellowship, Nixon commits to working in the federal government for five years once she completes her studies. “After my time with Foreign Services, I hope to continue my post at the Department of State,” Nixon said.

While a student at Georgia Southern, the political science major was an active member of the Honors Program. “I love the people I met at Georgia Southern. I created a community of support, empowerment and family at Georgia Southern University, and I really miss that closeness. My professors, coworkers and fellow students really provided an amazing experience for me over those four years,” Nixon said.