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Island University 1st in the State to Announce the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

August 17, 2017

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DALLAS, Texas –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Peace Corps announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program housed in the College of Science and Engineering’s Department of Life Sciences. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is the first in the state to be designated a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows partner with the Peace Corps.

“After seven years as a Master’s International Peace Corps partner, I am thrilled about our continued relationship with Peace Corps through the Coverdell program and the students it will attract to our Fisheries and Mariculture program.” said Dr. John Scarpa, Associate Professor of Aquaculture.

Returned Peace Corps volunteers selected as Coverdell Fellows for the Fisheries and Mariculture program will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship. They are also eligible to receive a teaching assistantship and an out-of-state tuition waiver from the University. In addition to their studies and research, Coverdell Fellows are expected to complete internships in underserved American communities while they pursue their studies. This allows them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since 1961 A&M-Corpus Christi has had 27 the Peace Corps volunteers, with one student currently serving.

Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows will 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 mission.

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program began in 1985 and now includes more than 100 university partners across the country, from the District of Columbia to Hawaii. The program is reserved for students who have successfully completed Peace Corps service abroad. Since the inception of the program, more than 5,000 returned volunteers have participated and made a difference across the country.

To learn more about the Coverdell Fellows program at the Island University, click here.