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University of Denver ranks No. 1 for Peace Corps volunteers

The University of Denver ranks No. 1 among Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Programs for returned Peace Corps volunteers. The University also ranks No. 4 among Master’s International Programs nationwide.

The Coverdell Fellows Program provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved U.S. community while they pursue their studies. By sharing their Peace Corps experience and global perspective with the communities they serve in the United States, returned volunteers fulfill the Peace Corps’ commitment to strengthen Americans’ understanding of the world and its people.

The majority of the Coverdell Fellows are students at the University’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. “The Korbel School has been an ideal academic home for preparing to return to the field better equipped to serve marginalized communities,” says DU Coverdell Fellow Brittany Franck. “[The Josef Korbel School] has offered a well-balanced combination of theory and practice while offering the flexibility to focus on my region and target population of interest. With the support of my professors from the School and the College of Education, I have been able to design an in-depth study of inclusive education in Ethiopia.”

The Master’s International Program allows students the opportunity to integrate a master’s degree with overseas service. The Josef Korbel School has 22 Master’s International students currently serving in the Peace Corps overseas.

“The Master’s International program offers students practical coursework in areas such as microfinance, project management and global health affairs,” says Brad Miller, director of graduate admissions at the Josef Korbel School. “These courses prepare students to make an impact during their Peace Corps service and provide them with the skills necessary for successful careers beyond their time as Peace Corps volunteers.”


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