Higher Education Opportunities
Having a college degree makes you a more competitive Peace Corps applicant. Peace Corps is partnering with the following higher education organizations in the U.S. to help prepare Americans to support community projects around the world.
The following Peace Corps partners offer resources to increase access to higher education:
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
In 1972, six American Indian tribally controlled colleges established the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to provide a support network as they worked to influence federal policy on American Indian higher education. The consortium is comprised of 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the United States and one in Canada. Each one of these institutions, created and chartered by its own tribal government, aims to provide higher education opportunities to American Indians through programs that are culturally based, holistic and supportive.
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
The mission of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is to make a difference in the lives of Asian Pacific Islander American students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America. Since 2005, APIASF has awarded more than $2.4 million to 1,075 students.
The Council of 1890 Universities
The Council of 1890 Universities is comprised of presidents and chancellors from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) black land-grant university membership. 1890 universities annually enroll nearly 100,000 students representing 40 percent of all students attending four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Today, these campuses are proud to remain the custodians of access to and opportunity for higher education in underserved communities. The Peace Corps is partnering with the Council of 1890 Universities to ensure all member universities, students, interns, staff and supporters are aware of the volunteer, graduate school, and career opportunities available through the Peace Corps.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
HACU was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. Today, HACU represents nearly 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Although HACU’s member institutions in the U. S. represent less than 10% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is committed to Hispanic success in education, from kindergarten through graduate school and into the work force of tomorrow.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 35 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $300M in scholarships to more than 50,000 students in need. HSF’s mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans, and is committed to work toward the goal of realizing a college degree in every Latino household.
Phelps Stokes seeks to serve marginalized communities worldwide, focusing on racial and ethnic minorities, women, those with working class backgrounds, and excluded populations from isolated regions. For nearly a century, Phelps Stokes has promoted practical solutions through leadership development and education that builds human and institutional capacity to maximize the impact of individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments. In its approach, PS identifies and co-labors with emerging leaders from under-served populations to build strong communities and a more just and inclusive future for all.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The mission of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is to develop and prepare a new generation of leaders by providing leadership development, scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to public Historically Black Colleges & Universities, students and alumni.
UNCF (The United Negro College Fund)
UNCF (the United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, helps students around the country get the college education they need and that the nation needs them to have. Each year, UNCF supports the education of 60,000 students by awarding 10,000 scholarships, providing support for its 39 member colleges and universities, and serving as a leading national advocate for the importance of every American getting a strong education from preschool through college graduation. UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to an education that prepares them for competitive and fulfilling careers and engaged citizenship and service to our nation.
United Negro College Fund- Special Programs (UNCF-SP)
The UNCFSP mission is to "organize and deliver educational support services" such as capacity building, technical assistance and workforce development programs to Minority Serving Institutions of higher education. These programs address education and research infrastructure; public and community health; international affairs and development; civic engagement and community service; policy analysts; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competency. UNCFSP, through its Institute for International Public Policy ("IIPP"), and the Peace Corps have been working together for the past five years. During this collaboration, Peace Corps has increased the level of visibility thourgh participation in joint meetings or by making presentations to UNCFSP's student population.
IIPP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UNCFSP. The IIPP is part of a strong consortium of institutions of higher education, whose purpose is to increase diversity within the international affairs workforce.
Last updated Oct 21 2014