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UT Joins Forces with Peace Corps for Fellowship Program

The Peace Corps announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program in partnership with UT.

The program will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.

Selected Coverdell Fellows will have the opportunity to work toward either a Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Ph.D. in the College of Nursing; or a Master of Science in Social Work or PhD in the College of Social Work.

“We are excited to welcome nurses who have worked with the Peace Corps into our graduate programs,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “Their knowledge and expertise acquired through experiences serving communities globally will be an asset to our college and programs.”

“The College of Social Work is privileged to have returned Peace Corps volunteers in our program,” said Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work. “Their real-world exposure enriches the classroom experience as well as their local field placements. Peace Corps and social work share many common values and there is a natural affinity in the commitment to serving underserved communities and populations.”

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