AUNE joins the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

After a competitive application process, the Peace Corps has admitted Antioch University New England (AUNE) into the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA). Returning Peace Corps volunteers entering any of AUNE’s master’s or doctoral programs will be eligible to apply for the two available scholarships.

AUNE joins the Peace Corps’ fifty-four other university partners and is the only New Hampshire institution in the fellowship program. “This Peace Corps fellowship really supports our mission of doing service in the world and for underserved communities. It’s a good partner and fit for us,” said Laura Andrews, AUNE director of admissions.

AUNE will also offer scholarships to students who have completed AmeriCorps and City Year service. AmeriCorps is a network of local and national programs whose volunteers work in education, health, public safety and the environment. City Year is an AmeriCorps program in which people volunteer in urban, underserved elementary and middle schools to support at-risk students and shrink drop-out rates.

These scholarships, available beginning in the fall 2011 semester, are:
Two scholarships annually of 25% of tuition to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Four matching scholarships to students who have completed an AmeriCorps experience and will apply their AmeriCorps award toward AUNE expenses.
Two scholarships annually of 25% of tuition to incoming students who have completed City Year service.

“The Peace Corps is delighted to have Antioch University New England as a partner in the Coverdell Fellows Program,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “This new partnership not only opens doors to an enriching graduate school opportunity at a reduced cost, it also enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas, combined with graduate studies, position a Peace Corps Fellow well for all future endeavors.”

Antioch University New England’s history of advocacy is unique, according to alum John Tease (Organization and Management ’09), whose master’s project examined the potential for AUNE participation in the Coverdell Fellows Program. “The Peace Corps was founded under a similar call for social engagement that seeks to alleviate the economic inequality that exists throughout the world while promoting cultural diversity and inter-cultural understanding,” he said. Tease is now a financial consultant with the Somaly Mam Foundation in Cambodia.

For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, call 800.424.8580, ext. 1440, email fellows@peacecorps.gov or find more here.

Find more on AmeriCorps and City Year here.