UNA Alum Brandon Sanders Selected for U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
May. 17, 2023
FLORENCE, AL – Following a highly competitive application process, University of North Alabama alum Brandon Sanders, who graduated in 2019 with his Bachelor of Business Administration, is one of 15 individuals nationwide to be selected by the U.S. Department of State for the notable Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship.
In this two-year fellowship program, Sanders will receive up to $87,000 in academic funding for a two-year IT-related master’s degree program, two summer internships, professional development, and mentorship. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, Sanders will receive an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist.
“When I found the FAIT Fellowship, I realized it matches what I need perfectly to pursue a career in the Foreign Service,” Sanders said, who was also a graduate of the Cole Honors College. “Through the fellowship’s internships, professional development, and mentorship, this program is designed to provide a career path to becoming a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist and to ensure that I can develop my IT skills to support U.S. diplomacy overseas.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Alabama, Sanders said he considers Alabama his home. As a first-generation college student, he attended UNA, where he received his B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems. As an undergraduate student, Sanders studied abroad in China and Japan for a year each, and, after graduating, he worked in South Korea for a year on a Fulbright grant. As a FAIT fellow, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama.
Funded by the Department of State and administered by The Washington Center, the FAIT Fellowship aims to attract top technology talent that represents the ethnic, racial, gender, social, and geographic diversity of the United States. The FAIT Fellowship encourages applications from women, minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need.
“We’re very proud of the talented, diverse group of students selected for the 2023 cohort of this unique fellowship program,” said Kim Churches, president of The Washington Center. “As a pathway to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree and to launch a career in the Foreign Service, the FAIT Fellowship is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.”
The 2024 application cycle for the FAIT Fellowship program is planned to begin in September.
About The University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/