College of Education at University of Mary Washington

Why you should consider this program

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) has a long tradition of graduates entering the Peace Corps which stretches back more than 50 years. Since 1961, 248 UMW graduates have served as volunteers and the University has long been listed on the USPC list of top producing colleges. UMW’s core values and mission are focused on inspiring and enabling students to “make positive changes in the world” and the University is committed to preparing its graduates to lead lives of service, leadership, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

UMW is also a Peace Corps Prep program partner, which prepares current students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To serve as partners with the Coverdell Fellows Program is an important way to welcome Peace Corps Volunteers home and continue to ensure that the Peace Corps is a destination for our alumni.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 26,055 $ 6,520 $ 19,535
Out of state $ 50,310 $ 12,580 $ 37,730
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Coverdell Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the federal work-study program and will be employed as Assistants in the Peace Corp Prep Program.  The value of the work-study opportunity is equal to 25% of the degree program.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

There are Foundation Scholarships designated for students awarded through the College of Education.  Coverdell Fellows will receive automatic consideration for the following scholarships that typically award a $1,000 to $10,000 annual minimum.

Graduate Education Endowed Scholarship

Ukrop Fellows Scholarship

Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship

Frances Liebenow Armstrong ’36 Scholarship

Anne Ross Parks ’46 and Dolores Ross ’49 Teachers Scholarship

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 11,000

Application fee waived?



Fellows will complete a full-time semester-long experience in a classroom.  The internship experience will require the prospective teacher to be in classroom full time for a minimum of 300 clock hours with at least 150 clock hours spent supervised in direct teaching activities (providing direct instruction) in the endorsement area sought.  The UMW College of Education’s Director of Clinical Experiences is responsible for arranging internship placements for all COE students.

Jobs for program alumni

Our graduates teach in Virginia public and private schools and in schools across the country.  We have had four graduates complete Fulbright Teaching fellowships in the past five years.

Other details

Program length

2 Years

Application requirements

• Application for admission
• Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate coursework and/or a 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate coursework).
• Resume
• Passing PRAXIS Core – reading, writing, and math – test scores (or passing scores from other qualifying tests, such as SAT and ACT).
• Education Licensure Essay
• Candidate interview

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

Applicants will complete a Coverdell Fellowship Application and will be required to provide their official Peace Corps Description of Service along with their application. Each applicant’s materials will be reviewed and evaluated by an admissions committee chaired by the Coverdell Fellows Coordinator.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Dr. April Brecht, Director of Advising Center Services, College of Education

121 University Blvd.
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406