All RPCVs receive an application fee waiver good for all of O’Neill master’s programs—a $70 value! Additionally, RPCVs qualify for a reduction of 3 credit hours per year of service up to a maximum of 6 credits. Your service also satisfies the experiential component if that is required for your degree.
In addition to the RPCV benefits listed above, Coverdell Fellows receive an attractive financial package that includes a partial tuition remission and an hourly wage for 12 hours/week serving in the community through O’Neill’s Service Corps Program. These benefits for Coverdell Fellowship recipients are offered in addition to the 6-credit hour reduction offered to RPCVs with two years of service. In total, the financial incentives over two years for Coverdell Fellows range from $20,285 to $33,838 based on residency status.
The greatest benefit of the Coverdell Fellows Program is the opportunity to further develop professional skills that articulate the O’Neill School’s rigorous academic training. As a Coverdell Fellow, you also make valuable contributions to the community through your service while acquiring professional contacts to support your career pursuits.
Coverdell Fellows are selected on a competitive basis during the O’Neill School Fellowship review process. Decisions are based upon the candidate’s academic record, letters of reference, personal statement, and resume. Fall term applicants pursuing the MPA, MSES or MPA-MSES are eligible for the Coverdell Fellows Program.
To be considered for the program, submit your application for admission and requested materials no later than January 15 and check the appropriate box on your application.
As a Federal Work Study Program, candidates must demonstrate eligibility via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once designated as a Coverdell Fellow, students must maintain a cumulative 3.4 grade point average, maintain full-time enrollment, meet academic criteria, and adhere to all program guidelines.
In addition to working in a Service Corps position throughout their program, to complement their Service Corps responsibilities, Coverdell Fellows help promote Peace Corps’ Third Goal by organizing and participating in events focused on the promotion of cultural awareness and by supporting the O’Neill School's annual celebration of Peace Corps Week.