Peace Corps Fellows/USA partners with Cornell

May 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — The Peace Corps recently welcomed Cornell University as its newest Fellows/USA partner school. Cornell joins more than 45 other institutions in offering the Fellows/USA option to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Cornell’s program, offered through the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP), will grant successful fellows master’s degrees in regional planning (MRP).

Mildred Warner, director of graduate studies in CRP said, "We are very pleased to be able to partner with Peace Corps in the fellows program. Returned Peace Corps volunteers make excellent graduate students and we are excited to be able to place them to work with distressed urban communities here in New York as part of our graduate research fellowship in children, family, and community development policymaking. The program has just been inaugurated and thanks to early notice by Peace Corps, we have already been able to accept three students into our Masters Program in Regional Planning here at Cornell University for next year. The field of urban planning is becoming increasingly important for Peace Corps, and the experience of returned Peace Corps Volunteers can be very helpful in distressed US communities. This partnership is good for all.”  

Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service will be eligible for the program which, besides class work towards the degree, will include a required summer placement with Cornell Urban Scholars, a program that supports field placements with community organizations serving New York City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Cornell Urban Scholars program, founded by Professor Ken Reardon and funded by the Heckscher Foundation for Childen, will provide students a research stipend and housing allowance for their summer placement.  

Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter said, "I am enthusiastic about our new partnership with Cornell University. With this partnership, the Peace Corps will have the opportunity to further develop the skills of Volunteers in the area of urban and regional planning. I am confident that Cornell University will be a strong Fellows/USA partner.

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