Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

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Paul D. Coverdell Fellows
Patricia Roque
Fellows Coordinator


  • Financial assistance may include:
    • All Coverdell Fellows will receive a Scholarship from the College of Public Health for $2,000 when they enroll in the program, renewable in year 2 as long as the student is making satisfactory progress in their degree program. Fellows may receive this award twice, for a total of $4,000 of scholarship support.
    • All Coverdell Fellows will receive an out-of-state tuition waiver, which covers approximately 58% of in-state tuition, which will result in significant savings on tuition.
    • The College of Public Health will prioritize Coverdell Fellows for Graduate Assistantships (GA) in their academic departments, and at the discretion and need of each department. The GA includes the payment of the health insurance premium, if elected by the student, and also pays stipend for that term. The GA is equivalent to 80% of in-state tuition. 
    • The College of Public Health will pay for all Coverdell Fellows to take the CPH exam to be certified in public health.
  • Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities.
  • Active RPCV Community Support
  • Helping others: As part of the program requirement, Fellows provide much-needed assistance to some of the most underserved local communities.
  • Peace Corps’ Third Goal: To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
  • Federal Jobs: The one-year noncompetitive eligibility status for federal jobs applications may, at the hiring agency's discretion, be extended up to three years from your close of service.