Bowling Green State pushes alum outside of comfort zone, into Peace Corps service

Nicholas Ruhly with his mother Kelly.
Nicholas Ruhly with his mother Kelly.

Nicholas Ruhly, 25, of Waterville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Kyrgyz Republic April 22 to begin training as a business advising volunteer. Ruhly will live and work at the community level helping NGOs and community-based organizations on strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and professional development.

“I decided all around that helping others who don’t come from such a privileged situation through Peace Corps service was the right path for me to pursue,” Ruhly said. Continue reading “Bowling Green State pushes alum outside of comfort zone, into Peace Corps service”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Annabel Khouri


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Peace Corps Announces Expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Partnership with Bowling Green State University

CHICAGO, April 11, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced the launch of eight new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Programs in partnership with Bowling Green State University. The programs will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.

“The Peace Corps is excited to extend this opportunity to returned volunteers in partnership with Bowling Green State University to support continued public service and education,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “The Coverdell Fellows Program gives returned volunteers the chance to build on their classroom experience by sharing their unique knowledge and skills with local organizations in need.”

Selected Fellows will now have the opportunity to work toward a degree in one of the following areas: College Student Personnel (MA), Higher Education (Ph.D.), French (MA), History (MA), Interdisciplinary Gerontology (MS), Media and Communications (MA and Ph.D.), Technology Management (MTM), and Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning (M.Ed). Continue reading “Peace Corps Announces Expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Partnership with Bowling Green State University”

Beavercreek, Ohio, couple begin Peace Corps service in China

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Beavercreek, Ohio, residents Keith and Heather (Schick) May have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China June 27 to begin training as English education volunteers. They will make a difference teaching conversational and content-based English to students.

“I am at a point in my life where I am good at what I do, but want to feel challenged once again,” Keith, 40, said. “I want to learn new skills and really understand another culture beyond what we hear on TV or see on the Internet.” Continue reading “Beavercreek, Ohio, couple begin Peace Corps service in China”

Peace Corps announces expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows partnership with Bowling Green State University

Peace Corps and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) are expanding the degree opportunities available at the school through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers, who will also complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community.

New master’s degree offerings at BGSU will be in Business Administration, Food and Nutrition, Public Administration, and Spanish, in addition to a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies.

“The Peace Corps is delighted to have Bowling Green State University as a partner in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program,” Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “This new partnership enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas and graduate studies position Peace Corps Fellows to launch a career by combining coursework with service.” Continue reading “Peace Corps announces expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows partnership with Bowling Green State University”

Powell, Ohio, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Grenada

BrigetteRizzoBrigette Ellyn Rizzo, 24, of Powell, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Grenada on Jan. 24 to begin training as a youth development volunteer. Rizzo will assist school staff in initiating and managing age-appropriate education programs.

Like many who choose to serve in the Peace Corps, Rizzo has already made a difference in the United States through years of volunteer work. She’s volunteered with Heifer International and Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) in the past, and said she’s excited that her service will be a two-way exchange.

“I love learning about new cultures and teaching people about my culture,” she said. Continue reading “Powell, Ohio, Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Grenada”