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JRF Scholar and Alumnus Chosen For Prestigious Public Service Positions

JRF Scholar and Alumnus Chosen  For Prestigious Public Service Positions

Scholar Charles Nwaogu ('14), a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, has been chosen to take part in the coveted White House Internship Program . Charles is studying Government and Arabic Language and Literature and is expected to receive degrees in both this May. The White House Internship Program is designed to cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Charles has been assigned to work in the area of African American Affairs in the Office of Public Engagement. He follows JRF Alumnus Rayshon Payton , who was awarded a White House Internship in 2013.

Alumnus Richard Lecky ('01) has been selected as an Empire State Fellowfor 2013-2015 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Empire Fellows work closely with New York State senior administration officials and participate in the policy-making process while also engaging in educational and professional development programs. Richard received his undergraduate and law school degrees from Howard University. He joins the Empire State Fellows Program from his position as the Director of Regulatory Compliance for the Institute for Family Health, where he worked to ensure compliance with federal and state rules and regulations. Prior to joining the Institute for Family Health, Richard was a real estate attorney with the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

"We are so very proud of these two outstanding young men," said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza . “We certainly hope that the solid foundation they have received from JRF's Mentoring and Leadership Development Program will help them to excel in their new positions."

(pictured above)JRF Scholar Charles Nwaogu (far left) and JRF Alum Richard Lecky (center) receive positions at the White House and in New York State government.