Shippensburg University signed a new agreement this week to include its Master of Social Work in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
With the agreement, SU becomes the first school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to host the elite program. It joins about 216 institutions across the nation participating in the program.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship lets returning Peace Corps volunteers continue their service to underserved communities while pursuing graduate degrees in social work at a reduced cost.
SU’s Master of Social Work develops and enhances the skills social workers need to assist individuals, families and communities. The degree aligns well with the mission of the Peace Corps.
The Fellows globalize the scope of classroom discussions and research areas, bringing years of relevant, hands-on intercultural fieldwork and a wealth of curiosity, innovation, and grit to the classroom.
The program will strengthen SU’s commitment to internationalization and community service, boosting efforts to recruit students with interest in those areas. It will also encourage programs to enhance efforts for global education.
The Coverdell program complements Ship’s valued and growing relationship with the Peace Corps. In fall 2018, Ship announced and launched its Peace Corps Prep program.