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MU and Peace Corps Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The University of Missouri and Peace Corps have announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program housed in the School of Health Professions. The program offers graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers pursuing a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and policy or veterinary public health. All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they pursue their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

Returned Peace Corps volunteers selected as Coverdell Fellows for the public health program will be awarded a graduate assistantship that includes a tuition waiver, medical insurance subsidy, and a stipend. Per semester, in-state students will receive approximately $3,268.60 toward tuition and an $8,194.00 stipend. Out-of-state students will receive a tuition waiver per semester of approximately $8,950.19 and a stipend of $8,194.00.

Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows apply classroom learning in a professional setting. They gain valuable, hands-on experience that makes them more competitive in today’s job market while sharing their global perspective with the communities they serve. MPH Program Director Lise Saffran said the fellowship program helps bring talented, committed students to areas in Missouri that need them most. “Returning volunteers bring a wealth of experience home with them – this fellowship program helps us bring them here so they can make a difference in underserved areas in Missouri.”  Since 1961, the University of Missouri has had 1,032 Peace Corps volunteers, with 29 students currently serving today.

To learn more about the Coverdell Fellows Program at the University of Missouri, visit