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Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program Announces Scholarship Initiative with Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program


Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Peace Corps and Bard College have teamed up to launch an expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program partnership, an initiative that provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. All Fellows complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers. Selected Fellows will have the opportunity to work toward a master of arts in teaching. Bard College has an existing Coverdell Fellows partnership with its Center for Environmental Policy.

“The Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program is honored to welcome returning Peace Corps volunteers into our innovative teacher education program, where they will bring their commitment to service and international experiences into public school classrooms, building bridges between the students’ worlds and the world beyond,” said Ric Campbell, dean of teacher education at Bard College

“The Peace Corps is delighted to expand Bard College’s involvement in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program,” said acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “This new partnership enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas and graduate studies position Peace Corps Fellows to launch a career by combining course work with service.”

Fellows selected for the program will receive an award of 30% tuition remission, a dollar value of approximately $11,795. Additional support is available from Bard College. Internships in underserved communities will be an integral part of each recipient’s degree, allowing returned Peace Corps volunteers to bring the skills they acquired during service back home to make an impact in the United States. In addition, students will be able to further bolster their skills with professional internships at nonprofits and governmental organizations. Internship placements are available at all three MAT campuses in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Los Angeles, California. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Chamberlain, Peace Corps public affairs specialist, at 774-330-9200 or; Roberta Adams, recruitment coordinator for Bard MAT, New York Campuses, at 845-758-7151 or; or Aubrey Priest, recruitment coordinator for Bard MAT, California Campus, at 661-454-3017 or

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard College, founded in 2003, has at its core an integrated curriculum leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and New York State Initial Teaching Certification (grades 7–12) in one of four areas: literature, mathematics, biology, or history. Having completed an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, incoming students continue studies in that field while they take education courses that challenge them to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to the actual work of teaching. Combined with student-teaching experiences, the program’s instructionally innovative courses provide the basis for critical reflection on educational practice. Students can earn the degree in one-year/full-time or two-year/part-time options. The MAT Program is based on three campuses, in Annandale, New York City, and Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program started in 1985 at Teachers College, Columbia University and now includes more than 80 university partners in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The program is specifically reserved for students who have already completed their tenure abroad with the Peace Corps. More details can be found at

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This event was last updated on 03-21-2013