Department of Environment and Sustainability at Western State Colorado University
Why you should consider this program
Are you seeking a supportive network of individuals who will do hands-on projects which address resilient and sustainable solutions in communities and landscapes? Are you searching for a community who will be appreciative of your Peace Corps service and the traits and skills it fostered? Western’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program supports Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in earning a Master in Environmental Management (MEM) degree while continuing the service they love in a rural setting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Coverdell Fellows can choose a concentration from among three tracks: Global Sustainability; Integrative & Public Land Management; or Sustainable & Resilient Communities. Western’s MEM program presents a hybrid-learning environment for full-residency students, rooted in the extended learning opportunities in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, combined with a low-residency option for environmental professionals already immersed in their field and work.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 35,900||$ 10,000||$ 25,900|
|Out of state||$ 35,900||$ 10,000||$ 25,900|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
The fellowships range from $2,500-$5,000 per academic year. Two fellowships also include free campus housing for a $7,560 benefit. During the second year, Fellows can also apply to be RA's which has a $500 stipend per month and free room and board.
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Application fee waived?Yes
RPCVs who receive a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship will either complete an internship or their second-year master’s project in underserved communities (whether our local rural population or any underserved community in America). Western also offers the only “Design your own Coverdell Fellowship” option for those interested is pursuing a Master in Environmental Management graduate degree. We encourage RPCVs who have a passion and relationship within a currently underserved American community to utilize their entrepreneurial skills and ability to innovate to seek sponsorship for either a fellowship and/or housing assistance that allows them to gain the education and support of a master’s degree while serving and completing their masters in a community of their choice.
Jobs for program alumni
No GRE required. B.A. or B.S. degree required. Western’s application requires a holistic package, balancing academic excellence, with leadership and official academic transcripts showing a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or above in relevant courses.
The package includes:
- A one-page document outlining environmental employment, leadership and volunteer experience, including describing your PC experience.
- A one-page statement of purpose describing the student’s intellectual and professional interests in environmental management and potential idea for a master's project.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields.
- For those RPCV’s interested in being considered for a Coverdell Fellowship, please check the “Peace Corps” box on the admissions form and, in addition to the admissions process, please complete the Coverdell Fellowship Application at the bottom of the page http://www.western.edu/Coverdell
Check the Peace Corps box in the admissions process. In addition to the program application, please complete the Western Coverdell Fellowship Application at the bottom of www.western.edu/Coverdell.
June readings, August two week residency
- Online degree program
- Low residency or distance learning
- Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
Our program is a professional program and classes are offered, primarily after 3:30 in the afternoon with some Field Fridays. In addition to our residential program in the Rocky Mountains, we offer a low-residency option for any student accepted to the program who can illustrate that he/she has a position or internship with an environmental organization that could lead to a successful master's project.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started