Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program

Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, in partnership with the US Peace Corps, offers Returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching through one of the three graduate teaching programs at Marlboro College. The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program offers financial support to those who have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and allows RPCVs to gain valuable professional experience through internships in underserved communities in the United States.

Participating Marlboro College Graduate Programs:

Background

Since our founding in 1946 by G.I.s returning from World War II, Marlboro College has focused on preparing engaged citizens for a life of service. We are fortunate to be led by President Kevin Quigley, who brings over 40 years of engagement with the Peace Corps.

Our graduate programs are perfectly matched with passionate Peace Corps Volunteers returning from their service ready to engage with the world in new and creative ways as teachers, nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs. Given that the majority of our graduate students already have several years of professional experience, RPCVs will fit in well at Marlboro and make a wonderful contribution to our strong community of mature, service-oriented, focused yet intellectually-curious students.

Our teaching programs offer students the opportunity to have a big impact in high-need classrooms. In our MAT in Teaching for Social Justice program, every student is placed in an academic-year, for-credit practicum in a K-12 school, most often in a public school serving impoverished children. Our MAT in Teaching with Technology program offers students the opportunity to integrate technology in underserved classrooms. In the MAT TESOL, all students engage in a two-trimester, for-credit teaching practicum. We have a close partnership with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants that places some of our MAT students with one of six centers for New Americans; others work in classrooms in the US or overseas during their graduate studies. The maturity, grit, and hands-on intercultural fieldwork experience of RPCVs are a great asset in these high-need classrooms.

Requirements

Coverdell Fellowship applicants must meet Marlboro College’s admissions requirements for the graduate teaching program in which they wish to apply. While enrolled in their graduate degree program, Coverdell Fellows will complete an internship or work experience with an underserved American community.

Program Benefits & Funding

Marlboro College offers Coverdell Fellows a 30 percent tuition discount for fulltime enrollment in one of Marlboro College’s graduate teaching programs.

Additionally, Marlboro College offers financial aid in the form of federal student loans. Applicants seeking financial aid are encouraged to complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program considers Peace Corps service, in addition to nonprofit and government agency work, to qualify students for loan forgiveness after completing ten years of loan payments.  

Have questions about the Marlboro Coverdell Fellowship?

Marlboro College Coverdell Program Coordinator
Kelsa Summer
ksummer@gradschool.marlboro.edu
802-451-7505

Marlboro College Graduate Admissions
Kelley Barton
graduateadmissions@marlboro.edu
802-258-9209