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Coverdell Fellowship

Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, in partnership with the US Peace Corps, offers returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to earn a a graduate degree though any one of the 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.


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 more than 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.


Coverdell Fellowship applicants must meet Marlboro College’s admissions requirements for the graduate 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 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.


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