Through a partnership with the Peace Corps, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) is the home of UNR’s first Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. The SCHS program offers scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) who pursue a Master’s in Public Health. Program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they pursue their studies, as they bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.
“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Dr. Sung-Yeon Park, associate professor of social and behavioral health. “Today, public health increasingly demands international experiences and perspectives. RPCVs are perfectly positioned to take advantage of this opportunity while enhancing the educational experience of other students in our MPH program.”
RPCVs selected as Coverdell Fellows in SCHS will receive a 10-hour graduate assistantship for two academic years that includes tuition support, monthly stipends, and a health insurance subsidy. In addition, depending on the availability of funding, a fellow will be able to apply for an additional 10 hours of graduate assistantship in the School or any other academic or administrative units, as well as scholarships offered in SCHS and elsewhere.
Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional setting. They gain valuable, hands-on experience that makes them more competitive in today’s job market while furthering the Peace Corps’ goal to strengthen Americans’ understanding of the world and its people.
Since 1961, 265 UNR alumni have also been Peace Corps Volunteers, with 10 currently enrolled around the world. Several faculty members (including two deans) have also served in the Peace Corps.
To learn more about the Coverdell Fellows Program in the School of Community Health Sciences, contact:
Dr. Sung-Yeon Park
School of Community Health Sciences
University of Nevada, Reno
More information about the Coverdell Program can be found on its website.