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Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is partnering with the Peace Corps to offer financial help to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Annually, the Master of Nonprofit Administration or Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration programs will provide one $10,500 fellowship to a qualifying returned Peace Corps Volunteer accepted into one of the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree programs. Additional Peace Corps applicants will be given consideration for other merit-based scholarships and financial aid awards based on the strength of their application.

The partnership is part of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program that offers financial benefits such as scholarships, reduced tuition, and university credit in graduate degree programs at more than 90 participating colleges and universities. In addition to their academic studies, Coverdell Fellows participants apply the experience they acquired as volunteers abroad to programs that benefit underserved communities.

The Coverdell Fellow partnership is part of a historical relationship between the University of Notre Dame and the Peace Corps. Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, provided advice and support in the 1960’s to Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps Director. Since then, the University has become one of the country’s top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools.

The Master of Nonprofit Administration at Notre Dame was founded in 1954 by Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, to address the business administration needs of the Catholic healthcare system, today the programs provide an exceptional business education through a nonprofit lens focused on essential issues including the study of philanthropy, making an impact through administrative effectiveness, accountability, and revenue generation, as well as the core disciplines of business. Programs are housed within the Mendoza College of Business, a top 20 business school.

Please indicate that you are applying for the Coverdell fellowship when submitting your application by including a section within the Personal Statement describing the activities and programs you've been involved in during your time in the Peace Corps.

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