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Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, over 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. While many Peace Corps Volunteers apply directly from college, the average age of volunteers is 28 and 7% are over age 50. Andover Newton welcomes returned Peace Corps Volunteers of all ages to apply to our degree programs. The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. At Andover Newton, Fellows complete internships through our hallmark Field Study program.  Since the inception of the Coverdell Fellows Program, nearly 4,000 returned Volunteers have participated in the program and made a difference across the country. Andover Newton Coverdell Fellows enjoy a waiver of our application fee and a 30% tuition discount for any of our degree programs.  A Coverdell school since 2011, Andover Newton is one of just three schools to offer returned Peace Corps Volunteers access to preparation for ministry.


  • Awards are available to admitted students who have completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service, or the full tour minus up to 90 days, if returned home on an emergency leave; has been granted an “Early Close of Service” or an “Interrupted Service” due to circumstances beyond the Volunteer’s control; or has been medically separated as a Volunteer
  • The award will be equal to at least 30% of tuition per year for all admitted returned Peace Corps Volunteers. This program is available for all degree programs, and there is no limit to the number of awards available each year.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards based on the strength of their application, and will remain eligible to apply for need-based financial aid.

To apply for the Coverdell Fellowship at Andover Newton

To apply to the Peace Corps

  1. Follow the instructions to become a volunteer
  2. Apply for a job

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