University of Oklahoma honors student Allecia Jones has been named a 2019 Charles B. Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Fellowship recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to careers in the federal government, serving in the US State Department’s Foreign Service. Thirty fellowships were awarded for the 2019 academic year.
From Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jones is a senior completing a bachelor’s degree in International and Area Studies and holds a 3.65 grade-point average. Jones recently completed an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, was a social entrepreneurship intern at the Ronnie K. Irani Center of the Creation of Economic Wealth and has volunteered with Loveworks Leadership Inc., a nonprofit in Norman, Oklahoma, over the past three years. Her career goal is to be a U.S. Foreign Service Officer serving in Latin America after obtaining a master’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Security.
Named the 2018 Outstanding Senior in the College of International Studies, Jones also won the Jim Grillot Photographer International Photo Award and is a 2018 Dorothy Braly Scholarship recipient.
Jones holds leadership positions in numerous university- and community-based organizations, including serving as a youth leader with Young Life throughout the past four years, as administration vice president for OU’s Gamma Phi Beta sorority chapter and as OU’s representative at the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Women in Global Policy Conference in 2018.
Her public service activities have included volunteer work in reading groups in the Dominican Republic, childcare work at Casa Del Sol in Mexico and three years’ with OU’s Big Event, including serving on the executive operations staff in 2015 and 2016.
The national scholarship competition is a U.S. Department of State program that prepares young Americans for work in the U.S. Foreign Service. Named after former U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel and initiated in 2002, the Rangel Fellowship funds two years of graduate study in a field related to the Department of State’s Foreign Service and includes summer internships on both Capitol Hill and at various U.S. Embassies located around the world. Rangel winners commit to working in the federal government for five years upon completion of their studies.