Peace Corps Brings Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program To Andrew Young School Of Policy Studies
ATLANTA—Peace Corps volunteers who have successfully completed their service abroad and returned to the United States can apply for graduate-level scholarships through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will begin in the fall semester at Georgia State University.
Coverdell Fellows who pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice, economics, public administration, public policy or social work in the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will receive graduate assistantships and waivers to cover most of their tuition. They will also receive $2,000 stipends for the fall and spring semesters.
While pursuing their graduate studies, Fellows will be required to complete internships in underserved American communities. These experiences will allow them to expand upon the skills they learned abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.
Seventeen Georgia State students serve in the Peace Corps today. More than 300 volunteers have joined from the university since 1961, when the program was initiated on campus.
Atlanta ranks No. 9 among the Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing metro areas, according to the organization. In 2016, 140 volunteers were serving worldwide from the Atlanta area. Nearly 4,000 Georgia residents have volunteered since the Peace Corps’ founding.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program began in 1985 and is offered by more than 100 university partners across the country. Since its inception, more than 5,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers have participated.
To learn more about the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at Georgia State, contact Michelle Lacoss, assistant director of graduate admissions and program administration in the Andrew Young School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-413-0026.
For more information about the Peace Corps, go to www.peacecorps.gov/fellows.