Okocha Chigozie2 Political Science Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Foreign Affairs FellowshipImage of

Political Science Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Okocha Chigozie2Chigozie Okocha, a 2011 Colorado State University 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, Chigozie 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, Chigozie will receive financial support for his master’s degree for two years of full-time education at the University of Denver. Chigozie 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.

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. Of the 40 fellows selected, 20 Fellows receive the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship and 20 receive the Pickering Graduate Fellowship.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships are administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Chigozie will begin in master’s program at the University of Denver in Fall 2013.

Contact: Lindsey Middendorf

Phone: (970) 491-2374

Email: Lindsey.Middendorf@colostate.edu