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|
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)
Application fee waived?Yes
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.
• 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).
• 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
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