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Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at UVM

UVM and the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program: 10 years

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The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program provides an opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to build upon the communication, facilitation, organization, and planning skills gained while serving overseas. Coverdell Fellows work toward a Master of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics or a Master of Public Administration.

Vermont and UVM

Organization, communication and mobilization are critical steps in the sustainable development of any society. As local communities across the country work toward becoming economically and socially viable, they are often faced with problems such as stagnant growth or, on the other hand, uncontrolled development.

Vermont shares these challenges. VT faces serious problems of underdevelopment and economic dislocation. Contributing factors include a shrinking but important agricultural sector, population shifts and a reduction in the long-established manufacturing base. Vermont's tradition of community-based activism has long striven to balance the often competing demands of economic development and community resilience.

Building on Vermont's unique culture of grassroots and civic participation, the University of Vermont has a long record of accomplishment in supporting participatory-based community development. A UVM education facilitates 'real-world' experiences through internship opportunities as well as service-learning and problem-based community workshops. Through their coursework, Peace Corps Fellows at UVM have the opportunity to earn either a Master of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics or a Master in Public Administration.

In addition to academic and extension programs, UVM provides students with career building resources through the Office of International Education, Non-Profit Service Division of the Career Services Office, the African Latino/a Asian Native American (ALANA) Student Center, the Office of Community-University Partnership and Service-Learning, and a wealth of campus clubs and organizations. Coverdell Fellows also have access to an extensive support network from the Peace Corps Recruiting office on campus and the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association based in Burlington, the home of UVM. This support network will facilitate the transition of newly RPCVs into the Burlington community and assist Coverdell Fellows in achieving the third goal of the Peace Corps: promotion of a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.

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