Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
Duke University participates in the national consortium of graduate programs that recruit and support returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who wish to pursue advanced degrees.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program provides scholarships to selected Daytime MBA students who served as volunteers in the developing world. To qualify for a 25% tuition discount, RPCVs must agree to undertake significant community service projects in the Durham community, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned in the Peace Corps.
Fuqua – along with Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy – is a leader in attracting RPCVs. Between 2004 and 2013, 57 Duke students have completed the Coverdell Fellows program and 682 Duke alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency began in 1961 (learn more at http://today.duke.edu/2013/05/pcfellows).
More details about the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program:
Application Process: Applicants interested in pursuing the Duke MBA must abide by the Fuqua application policies and deadlines. Click here for more information. Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible. Upon receiving admission to The Duke MBA, you will be considered by the school’s scholarship committee for one of a limited number of Coverdell Fellowships.
Benefits: Coverdell Fellows receive up to 25% tuition credit, plus consideration for other merit-based scholarships and financial aid awards based upon the strength of their applications. Application fees may be waived for current PCVs upon request; please send e-mail stating circumstances surrounding fee waiver request to email@example.com.
In addition, Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) offers a competitive $25K scholarship each year for two MBA students intending to pursue employment in the social sector upon graduation. CASE also offers matching funds for summer internships and a loan assistance program for students employed in the social or public sectors.
To be eligible for a Coverdell Fellowship, applicants must:
- Complete Peace Corps service satisfactorily. Guidelines are detailed on the Peace Corps’ website,
- Apply and be admitted to The Duke MBA Daytime Program,
- Intend to participate in and fulfill all expectations associated with the Peace Corps Fellows program.
While enrolled in The Duke MBA Daytime program, Coverdell Fellows are expected to:
- Support the advancement of the Peace Corps’ domestic goal, “To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans,”
- Undertake a significant service project that addresses problems and needs of underserved communities; (Fellows should expect to volunteer 5-10 hours per week during the academic year; this requirement can be met through participation in Fuqua On Board or other approved community service activities. Guidance will be provided to assist Fellows in identifying appropriate opportunities.),
- Participate in a Peace Corps Fellows/USA orientation and workshop/networking sessions during the year,
- Submit brief progress reports at the end of each semester, or as required,
- Contact the program manager for assistance in the event that you become ineligible, are unable to meet the requirements of the fellowship, or have difficulties in your Peace Corps Fellows project,
- Support the continued development of the Peace Corps Fellows/USA program, at Duke and nationally, by providing information and materials for program publications and conferences,
- Maintain full-time student status in good academic standing at Duke over the course of two years.
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