[AMES, Iowa] – The Peace Corps and Iowa State University today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.
“We are delighted to partner with Iowa State University to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”
Fellows selected for the program will receive a stipend of $25,000 per year over a 10 month period.
“We look forward to welcoming Peace Corps volunteers to ISU,” said Dr. Carla Peterson, the associate dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Human Sciences. “We are confident that they will engage in high-quality educational experiences and enrich campus life and internship opportunities with their wealth of experiences.”
Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional setting. They not only gain valuable, hands-on experience that makes them more competitive in today’s job market, but they also further the Peace Corps mission. By sharing their global perspective with the communities they serve, Fellows help fulfill Peace Corps’ Third Goal commitment to strengthen Americans’ understanding of the world and its people.
Degrees offered through Iowa State University’s Fellows program include a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a Master of Science in Education, both programs apart of the College of Human Sciences. Students of these programs of study will have the opportunity to intern with community-based organizations that provide education and support to diverse groups and allow students to interact with children and adults.
Iowa State University is establishing the first Coverdell Fellows program in partnership with the Peace Corps in the state of Iowa.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program began in 1985 at Teachers College, Columbia University and now includes more than 90 university partners across the country, from the District of Columbia to Hawaii to Alaska. The program is specifically reserved for students who have already completed their Peace Corps service abroad. Since the inception of the program, more than 4,500 returned volunteers have participated and made a difference across the country. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov/fellows.
To learn more about the Coverdell Fellows Program at Iowa State University, contact: The College of Human Sciences at (515) 294-7800
About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.