Last week, Green Mountain College announced a new partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) that offers discounted GMC tuition for VYCC volunteers. Today the College is announcing the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers for GMC’s M.S. in Environmental Studies program.
“We are delighted to partner with Green Mountain College to support our returned volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of volunteers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”
Fellows accepted to a GMC graduate program will receive a 50% tuition discount and up to $1000 in travel awards for two years to attend the annual graduate residency on campus.
“Environmental sustainability and public service are part of the bedrock of Green Mountain College’s curriculum and culture, and we have many faculty and alumni who have participated in Peace Corps volunteer programs,” said Mark Fazioli, associate dean of graduate and online programs at GMC. “We are excited to partner with the Peace Corps and work with Peace Corps alumni to continue their education by pursuing our M.S. in Environmental Studies program.”
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program began in 1985 at Teachers College, Columbia University and is specifically reserved for students who have already completed their Peace Corps service abroad.