Wurzweiler School of Social Work Offers Scholarship to Applicants Returning from Service
Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work is teaming up with the Peace Corps to help returning volunteers do even more good back home.
Wurzweiler was recently approved to join the Corps’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Through the program, participating graduate schools across the country can offer financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers completing substantive internships in underserved American communities as they pursue advanced degrees. According to Dr. Catherine Pearlman, director of admissions at Wurzweiler, the school’s decision to become part of the Coverdell program reflects its desire to make careers in social work more available to Corps volunteers and to increase the depth of its student experience.
“At Wurzweiler, we are trying to grow as a global program,” said Pearlman. “Having students who have done international service will give us a more global feel and presence which broadens the experience of our school. It’s a win for everyone.”
Returned Corps volunteers applying to Wurzweiler will be eligible for up to $14,000 in scholarship. It is the only participating school of social work in New York and one of seven total participating social work programs in the United States.
“The Peace Corps is delighted to partner with Yeshiva University and help more Americans pair Peace Corps service with graduate school,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “Peace Corps volunteers are creative problem solvers who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and a desire to learn about other cultures, languages, and skills. A returned Peace Corps volunteer will make an excellent addition to any graduate program.”