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VSU Freshman DeVon Jackson Selected as Frederick Douglass Global Fellow

Published date: November 10, 2017

Devon JacksonThe Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in partnership with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has announced the second cohort of students for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (FDGF) Program for 2018. Among the ten students is freshman DeVon Jackson, a first-generation student at Virginia State University, from Richmond, Va.

Along with the nine other students, Devon will participate in a four-week summer study abroad program designed to enhance students’ leadership and intercultural skills in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellows (FDGFs) were nominated by their college presidents and selected from a large pool of applicants in a national competition. 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. The 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. FDGF covers all program fees and travel costs for 10 students each year who are selected from a diverse group of MSIs.

“We are thrilled to join CIEE in giving the opportunity to MSI students who want to study abroad. The experience is life-changing for everyone involved,” said Marybeth Gasman, professor, and Director of CMSI. James P. Pellow, President, and CEO of CIEE explained, “The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Program allows for both CIEE and CMSI to intentionally curate intercultural programming for MSI students. We are proud to assist in the development of a global perspective for the next generation of leaders.”

DeVon is currently pursuing a B.S. in psychology and aspires to become a clinical psychologist. As a clinical psychologist, he hopes to one day establish his own private practice serving youth, adults and families in urban communities.  

"I am honored to represent Virginia State University as a 2018 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow," DeVon said.  "I am excited to experience the rich culture and life of Cape Town, South Africa."

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