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Kennesaw State Alum Plamen Mavrov Wins Prestigious Rangel Fellowship On March 11, Plamen Mavrov, a 2014 graduate of Kennesaw State University, was awarded a 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Fellowship will provide Plamen with approximately $95,000 in benefits over a two year period and give him the opportunity to represent his country overseas.  He was one of only thirty fellows selected nationwide.

Plamen, who immigrated to the United States as a child from Bulgaria, grew up in Atlanta and Woodstock, Georgia. He attended Kennesaw State University from 2010 to 2014 and earned a BA in International Affairs with a double major in Political Science a minor in Economics. He graduated as a summa cum laude Honors Scholar. As an undergraduate, Plamen was passionately involved with the campus Model UN team, participating in and distinguishing himself at various conferences.  He studied abroad in Peru and taught English in Korea. His travels have taken him to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Wales and England.  He is fascinated by foreign languages and in addition to his native Bulgarian, Plamen speaks Spanish and Korean.

Plamen plans to use the Rangel Fellowship to pursue a master's degree focused on International Affairs at American University's School of International Service. He will begin graduate school in fall 2016. As part of the Rangel Program, Plamen will work for a Member of Congress on international issues this summer. In summer 2017, the U.S. Department of State will send him overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Plamen will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to his country.

The Director of the Rangel Program, Patricia Scroggs, stated, "We are thrilled to have Plamen join our program. Our selection panel was very impressed by his intelligence, achievements, and commitment to service. His experience at Kennesaw State provided an outstanding foundation for him in these areas. I am confident that he will excel in graduate school and will contribute to global peace and prosperity as a U.S. diplomat."

Posted: April 29, 2016