CUA Partners with the Peace Corps in the Coverdell Fellows Program

The Catholic University of America and the Peace Corps are partners in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, an initiative that provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers.

Catholic University will offer two scholarships that will cover 50 percent of total tuition costs for the most qualified Coverdell Fellows.

Washington, D.C. is home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that address local, national and international needs. In the development of the ARPs, Coverdell Fellows will have the opportunity to work with community organizations to design and measure the impact of programs that address the needs of the African American, Latino, refugee and other communities.

Coverdell Fellows will emerge from our program trained in advanced features of applied management and with a thorough economic skill set strongly suited to address today’s challenges in evaluating the impact and effectiveness of development programs.

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. Fellows may be involved in internships with such organizations as Catholic Relief Services, Intel, and the MacArthur Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Debra Egan, Program Director

Department of Economics
The Catholic University of America
Tel. 202-319-6183

Established in 1887 and located near the heart of Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America is unique as the national university in the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. It is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning.

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