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Strategic Partner Scholarship for RPCVs

Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College


January 10, 2014

School Location

Various Locations

  • Pittsburgh, PA and Adelaide, Australia campuses offer full-time programs as well as part-time programs and distance programs.
  • The Washington, D.C. location gives public policy students the option to work four-days per week in full-time apprenticeships, take classes two nights per week, and spend Fridays in workshops and classes.

About the Award

  • Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, in partnership with the Peace Corps, awards Returned Peace Corps Volunteers enrolling on a full-time basis a minimum scholarship of $10,000 per semester through the Heinz College – Peace Corps Program.
  • Over the past 10 years, Heinz College has provided over $1.5 million in scholarship support to Peace Corp’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows. The Heinz College has long been committed to making a top-tier graduate education accessible to talented students. Paul D. Coverdell Fellows have consistently proven to our Faculty that the experience, skills, and passion of returned Volunteers enrich the graduate school experience for all; both inside and outside of the classroom. Heinz College is proud to be a top choice among returned Volunteers who wish to continue their service and commitment to the public good.
  • Heinz College awards the scholarship to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are entering one of the College’s full-time graduate degree programs. The award will be made at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary). To be considered for the scholarship, Heinz College applicants should indicate their involvement with the Peace Corps on the application for admission. Eligible students will receive at least $10,000 in scholarship per semester.
  • In addition to the scholarship award, the Peace Corps volunteers will be eligible for the MSPPM or MISM program’s three-semester track, allowing students to complete their master’s degree in less time and re-enter the work force five-six months earlier.
  • The Heinz College – Peace Corps Scholarship Program has been established as part of Heinz College’s commitment to promoting innovative decision-making and diverse perspectives in leadership in education policy-making.


This scholarship program is designed for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers interested in pursuing a degree in any of the master’s programs at Heinz College.

Admissions Requirements for Heinz College:

  • Must take the GRE (or GMAT).
  • Complete an application form.
  • Submit transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume.

Students can apply on-line for free. Students are granted admission on the basis of academic achievement, performance on the GRE, experience in the proposed field of study, leadership experience, fit of their goals with the program, and recommendations that indicate they are capable of excelling in a rigorous master’s program. No single factor guarantees or prevents admission; all factors are weighed in the process.

Award Amount

$10,000 per semester.

Application Instructions

A separate application is not necessary for consideration for the Heinz College scholarship for RPCV's. Students who indicate in the application for admission that they want to be considered for financial aid are automatically considered for any applicable scholarship opportunities.

For more information and to apply, applicants should indicate their experience/involvement with the Peace Corps on the Application for Admission. The Heinz College awards a scholarship of at least $10,000 per semester to eligible students enrolling on a full-time basis. Students enrolling on a part-time basis will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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