Simon Business School at University of Rochester
Why you should consider this program
Returning Peace Corps volunteers receive a minimum of $15,000 a year in scholarship support upon admissions to the full-time MBA program. There is also consideration for additional funding depending upon the overall strength of the application. Simon also waives the $90 application fee for applicants transitioning from the Peace Corps.
“Volunteers who have given of themselves in this way have earned a break in tuition, and they in turn will bring their wide-ranging experiences and leaderships skills to Simon, to the benefit of all. We have a tight-knit community at Simon and we’d like you to experience it firsthand. We offer up to $500 in travel stipends and complimentary hotel accommodations to make visiting campus—and assessing fit—easy.”
- Rebekah Lewin 02 MBA, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 94,000||$ 15,000||$ 79,000|
|Out of state||$ 94,000||$ 15,000||$ 79,000|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
A minimum of $15,000 scholarship award, plus eligibility and consideration for further merit scholarship based on application materials. Scholarships can be up to full tuition depending on the RPCV competitiveness within the applicant pool. The costs indicated are for the MBA program. Costs are different for other MS programs, please contact the office of admission for more information.
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Other benefits or opportunities
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Application fee waived?Yes
Coverdell Fellows have the opportunity to serve underserved populations in the Rochester community by choosing a project or activity they are passionate about, either personally or through a Simon club such as Simon Volunteers, Vision, or Net Impact. A past Simon Coverdell Fellow worked with the West Side Farmers Market on Genesee St. in Rochester. At the time it was the second smallest farmers market in the area and needed assistance attracting more customers. The student helped gather data on attendees to inform potential areas of growth, and helped with other duties as assigned, such as manning some of the service tents.
Jobs for program alumni
- Amanda Baran ’11 (MBA), Associate Marketing Manager – Food Service, Rich Products Corporation
- Michael Lightman ’14 (MBA), Innovation and Entrepreneurship at InfoDev, World Bank Group
- Gilbert Bonsu ’18 (MBA), Modernization Manager, AT&T Leadership Development Program
MBA - 2 years, MS - 1 year
GMAT or GRE; transcripts from all institutions attended; 2 required essays; 1 letter of recommendation
Prior to submitting an application email the Simon admissions office at [email protected] to request your application fee waiver. Be certain to indicate on your application that you are a returned (or current) Peace Corps Volunteer. When we inform you of whether or not you have been admitted, we will also inform you of your Coverdell Fellow status.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started