Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow Program
In 2008, the School of Nursing was approved by the Peace Corps as a Paul D. Coverdell Program (henceforth referred to as the Peace Corps Fellows). This program is available to returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who pursue graduate studies in a variety of subject areas. More than 40 universities currently participate in this program, offering financial assistance to RPCVs, and opportunities for them to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service during their graduate work as they participate in service learning projects with underserved communities. Information about this program is available at the Peace Corps website. Click here for more information about this program.
Through this program, RPCVs will be able to apply either to the BSN program as a second degree student, or to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program. To learn more about the BSN program, please click on the following link: BSN Program To learn more about the AMNP program, please click on the following link: AMNP Program
A key component of the Fellows program involves partnering with community organizations to provide opportunities for students to address selected community or health problems through their clinical practicum experiences. Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities, and addressing the nursing shortage.
The School of Nursing is honored to have been accepted as a Peace Corps Fellows program! In 2010 the School of Nursing accepted its first RPCV's, Erin Gockel and Katie Rozofsky. The School of Nursing was privileged to have them as they learned much from their Peace Corps experiences which enriched our nursing programs and will enrich our profession! Katie, who was in the AMNP program, completed her Peace Corps service in Surinam in 2008 and Erin, who was in the BSN program, completed her's in Azerbaijan in 2008. They both shared their Peace Corps experiences and how it now applies to nursing during an outstanding presentation on April 13, 2011 in the UAB Center for Nursing Research. The third Peace Corps fellow admitted to the program in Fall 2011 is Bryant Laney who completed his Peace Corps service in Zambia in 2008. A fourth Peace Corps Fellow, Andrea Torre, was admitted to the AMNP program in January 2012. Bryant and Andrea are pictured below with Dr. Lynda Wilson. To view a presentation by Andrea and Bryant, please click here. We have been and continue to be proud to have all of these fellows as students in the UAB School of Nursing!
To complete an application, please click on the following link Peace Corps Fellows Application