Peace Corps and DePaul launch new fellows program
April 3, 2013
A new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program between the Peace Corps and DePaul University will provide expanded educational and service opportunities to Americans interested in making a difference abroad and at home by offering graduate school scholarships and internships in underserved U.S. communities to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Fellows will be eligible to enroll in one of five degree programs in the School of Public Service: public service management, international public service, leadership and policy studies, nonprofit management and public administration.
“We are honored to welcome returning Peace Corps volunteers to the School of Public Service,” said Director William Calzaretta. “The collaboration with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program will enhance our student body and better serve the Chicago community.”
Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said the collaboration with DePaul “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.”
Twenty-four DePaul alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers overseas, and more than 341 alumni have served since the agency was created in 1961.
Fellows will receive a $3,000 annual scholarship and internships in underserved communities, allowing returned volunteers to bring the skills they acquired during service back home to make an impact in the United States. In addition, students will gain valuable experience and networking connections at nonprofits and governmental organizations such as the Taproot Foundation, Vincent on Leadership, the Hay Project and the Chaddick Institute.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program started in 1985 at Columbia University’s Teachers College and now collaborates with more than 80 universities in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The program is reserved for students who have already completed their service abroad with the Peace Corps.