School of Social Work awarded fellowships through Coverdell Fellows program

A new fellowship offers tuition reimbursement for returning Peace Corps volunteers interested in earning their Master of Social Work from the University of Maine.

UMaine partnered with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program to offer three renewable scholarships covering up to 24 credits of full-time tuition per year to returning Peace Corp volunteers. Additional credits will be offered at the in-state rate for out-of-state students.

Students in the Master of Social Work program help marginalized populations throughout Maine as a part of their education, making the program well-suited to those who want to continue serving communities in need.

“They will have two years with Maine populations and culture. Even if they leave after graduation they will be spokespersons for and stay connected to Maine,” says Sandra Butler, a professor of social work who helped the School of Social Work become approved for the Coverdell Fellows program.

Starting with the fall 2020 incoming class, students who apply to the on-campus Master of Social Work program will be eligible for the fellowship. For more information, visit the UMaine Graduate School’s website.