Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs

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The Peace Corps and Western Illinois University (WIU) today announced the addition of two new graduate degrees under their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Now, students will be able to pursue graduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences, and community and economic development. Previously, WIU has offered a degree in rural community and economic development through their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which has been a staple at the school for 22 years.

“We are delighted to partner with WIU to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs”

Peace Corps and the University of Missouri Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the University of Missouri 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 under-served 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 the University of Missouri to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Coverdell Fellows program at Mizzou will be housed in the Department of Geography and offered to students pursuing a master of art’s degree in geography. Fellows selected for the program will receive a full tuition waiver and work part-time as a graduate assistant.

“The Department of Geography at Mizzou offers a disciplinary perspective that complements the Peace Corps mission and provides the infrastructure, which will position returned Peace Corps Fellows for success through participation in our established programs of research, teaching and service in the geographical sciences,” said Soren Larsen, associate professor of geography. “We are excited to be moving forward in partnership with the Peace Corps through our participation in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship program.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and the University of Missouri Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the Indiana University School of Public Health –  Bloomington have 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 under-served 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 IU School of Public Health- Bloomington to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will be available to students pursing a master’s of public health (MPH) degree. Students in the program have the opportunity to study in the areas of biostatistics, environmental health, physical activity, or professional health education. Continue reading “Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Franklin College president applauds Peace Corps volunteers

Thomas J. Minar, the president of Franklin College of Franklin, Indiana, reflects on how the missions and goals of Franklin College and the Peace Corps overlap, and the opportunities service offers to Franklin graduates. 

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President of Franklin College, Thomas Minar.

The mission of Franklin College is to “prepare graduates, through the liberal arts and sciences, to think independently, to lead responsibly, and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities, and the world.” Continue reading “Franklin College president applauds Peace Corps volunteers”

Texas State University Ranks No. 10 Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Texas State University returned to the Peace Corps’ annual rankings of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide, the agency announced. In 2016, Texas State University ranks No. 10 with nine alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. The school last appeared on the top HSIs list in 2014. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 235 alumni from Texas State have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

“Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions come to Peace Corps with a strong educational background and the flexibility and curiosity needed to make an impact in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers with different talents, viewpoints, experiences and backgrounds demonstrate to people across all corners of the world what it means to be an American.” Continue reading “Texas State University Ranks No. 10 Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions”

UW- Eau Claire announces new Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “UW- Eau Claire announces new Peace Corps Prep Program”

From Campus Ambassador to Peace Corps invitee

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Peace Corps campus ambassador Emily Kitts, with the flag of Burkina Faso, where she will soon serve as a Peace Corps volunteer.

You may have heard about Peace Corps’ Campus Ambassadors program – an opportunity for university students to raise the Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. The program offers great experience for marketing students and social media maestros no matter what their post-college plans include, but if you think Peace Corps service might be in your future, the program could be an especially good fit for you.

Serving as a campus ambassador will not directly increase your chances of being selected for Peace Corps service, as few of the tasks of a campus ambassador will build the sector-specific work skills needed to be a strong applicant. The position can, however, indirectly support your application. As a campus ambassador, you will work closely with a Peace Corps recruiter who can review your résumé and advise you before you submit an application. Having the program on your resume will also show Peace Corps’ placement officers that you’re passionate about Peace Corps’ mission and have campus leadership experience. Continue reading “From Campus Ambassador to Peace Corps invitee”