This summer, ten students from Minority Serving Institutions have been selected to spend the summer in Cape Town, South Africa, as a Frederick Douglass Fellow. Six of those students attend a historically black college or university including: Kloe Harris, Lincoln University of Missouri; Joshua Blackwell, North Carolina A&T State University; Chiagoziem Sylvester Agu, Albany State University; Carmen E. Cursoe, Howard University; DeVon Jackson, Virginia State University; and Jorian Reeves, Xavier University of Louisiana.

A partnership between the Council on International Educational Exchange and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program provides scholarships for the most financially challenged students from the nation’s nearly 600 MSIs. Each year for the next three years, the scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of three locations: London, England (Summer 2017), Cape Town, South Africa (Summer 2018), and Seoul, South Korea (Summer 2019). The CMSI will award the study abroad scholarships annually based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents.

The scholarship is named in honor of Frederick Douglass — The African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman to highlight the characteristics that today’s young leaders need most a: keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and a global perspective. Consistent with Douglass’ legacy, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship.

To learn more about the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, please visit


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