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News from the Hill February 02, 2012 | back to index

Peace Corps Partners with Andover Newton Theological School

Peace Corps

New partnership offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers

BOSTON, MASS., FEBRUARY 2, 2012 – The Peace Corps welcomes Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre to its Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, a graduate fellowship that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) and places them in degree-related, professional internships in underserved American communities. Through the program, RPCVs will receive a 30% tuition discount worth $15,000 over three years.

"The Peace Corps is delighted to partner with Andover Newton and help more Americans pair Peace Corps service with graduate school," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S.  Williams. "Peace Corps volunteers are creative problem solvers who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and a desire to learn about other cultures, languages, and skills. A returned Peace Corps volunteer will make an excellent addition to any graduate program."

The new partnership will offer Peace Corps Fellows the opportunity to earn a Master of Divinity,  one of three Master of Arts degrees or a Doctor of Ministry. Concentrations within these degrees are possible in Interfaith Leadership, Spiritual &  Pastoral Care, Ministerial Leadership or Ethics & Social Justice.  Additional information is available here.

"We are pleased and honored to have established this important partnership with the Peace Corps," said Andover Newton Theological School President Nick Carter. "Those who volunteer for the Peace Corps often discover that it is a life-defining experience. There is no better place for them to pursue their calling than the in-depth preparation a seminary can provide – especially at Andover Newton, the nation’s oldest graduate school of theology and a leader in teaching multifaith border-crossing skills."

The Coverdell Fellows program partners with graduate schools across the country. There are currently more than 70 university partners in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed  Peace Corps service have lifetime eligibility.  Since its start in 1985, nearly 4,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers have completed the program. For more information, visit

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F.  Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visitwww.peacecorps.govfor more information.

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For additional information on Andover Newton Theological School, contact Alison McCarty, Director of Admissions, at 617.831.2431 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)