Willamette MBA partners with Peace Corps for Fellows program

Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management is partnering with the Peace Corps through the Fellows/USA program, allowing returned Peace Corps volunteers to receive financial assistance as they earn an MBA at Willamette.

"Willamette University is an outstanding new member of the Fellows/USA family," Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams said. "Many of our returned Peace Corps volunteers seek to apply the experiences they have learned abroad to business settings in the U.S., and the Willamette MBA program will allow Peace Corps Fellows to expand their professional skill-sets."

Atkinson is the only MBA program in the Pacific Northwest to participate in the Fellows program.

Peace Corps Fellows in the full-time MBA program at Atkinson will receive a minimum of $5,000 in scholarship assistance and will be eligible for merit-based awards that may cover the full tuition. The Fellows will also participate in Willamette's PACE (Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises) program that partners student teams with local public and nonprofit entities.

"The Willamette University MBA program is delighted to partner with Peace Corps Fellows/USA," said Debra Ringold, dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise at Atkinson. "We look forward to working with Peace Corps Fellows as they immerse themselves in the Willamette MBA program, explore their career interests and collaborate with fellow students on experiential projects."

The Fellows/USA program offers returned Peace Corps volunteers financial benefits such as scholarships, reduced tuition and university credit in advanced degree programs at more than 50 participating colleges and universities. In addition to their academic studies, Fellows/USA participants apply the experiences they acquired as volunteers abroad to internships that benefit underserved American communities.

According to the Peace Corps, Willamette adheres to a tradition of social responsibility which provides a strong complement to the Peace Corps legacy of service. Willamette is one of the country's top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools, currently ranking 12th among small-sized colleges and universities.