January 9, 2018 – Two Georgetown students and an alumna are among a group of only 30 students and college graduates selected nationwide for the highly competitive 2018 Rangel Graduate Fellowship.
Alumna Marta Aparicio (C’14) of Providence, Rhode Island; Kala Deterville (C’18) of Queens, New York; and Sofia Gomez (SFS’18) of Hanover, New Hampshire, have received the fellowship, which provides financial support for two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring and professional development leading to careers in the Foreign Service.
Georgetown tied this year with Florida State University as the top producer of Rangel Fellows in the country.
‘Efficacy of Giving’
“Having three fellows this year primarily testifies to each of their extraordinary qualities,” says John Glavin, director of the Office of Fellowships, Awards and Research for Undergraduates. “Once again, we see the ongoing power of the Jesuit ideal, training men and women who will work not only for their own success, but also for the wellbeing of humankind.”
Aparicio, who graduated from Georgetown College with a double major in sociology and government, says she was inspired to pursue a career in the Foreign Service after a diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City granted her parents a visa three years ago.
A first-generation student, Aparicio came to the United States 14 years ago from Guatemala without her parents and the visa allowed her to reunite with her family in the United States.
“I know the efficacy of giving and receiving help,” she says.
While at Georgetown, Aparicio assisted applicants as part of the financial aid peer counseling group, coached fellow students as a mentor in the Georgetown Scholarship Program and welcomed new students to campus as a coordinator for the Preparing to Excel Program.
After graduating, she taught English as a second language in Miami and mentored unaccompanied children and refugees as a volunteer for three years. She now works as …