Newswise — The NYU Leadership Initiative will celebrate the launch of NYU’s Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers, on Monday, Oct. 5, 3 to 4 p.m.

The program, which will take place in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue (295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor), will feature remarks from Senator Harris Wofford, a leading force in the national service movement who was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps.

Wofford served in John F. Kennedy’s administration as special assistant to the president for civil rights and helped to create the Peace Corps. In 1962, he moved to Ethiopia to oversee the Peace Corps’ African operations and to lead its Ethiopian program. He returned to the U.S. in 1964 to serve as associate director of the Peace Corps. After several other positions in higher education and law, Wofford served as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995.

NYU’s Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program aims to attract returned Peace Corps volunteers to join the NYU community through graduate study and continued leadership development at seven NYU graduate schools and centers. The partnership marks the largest fellowship program between the Peace Corps and a university.

Fellows selected for NYU’s Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program will receive at least 50 percent of tuition in financial benefits. The first class of approximately 17 to 20 fellows will enroll beginning in the fall of 2016.

To learn more about the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at NYU, visit the program’s website. Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to Rachel Harrison (rachel.harrison@nyu.edu) or James Devitt (james.devitt@nyu.edu) in NYU’s Office of Public Affairs.

About New York University: Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, and has eleven other global academic sites around the world. More NYU students study internationally than any other university, according to the Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education, and NYU ranks third in the United States for the number of foreign students enrolled. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, engineering, social work, cities, global public health, big data, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.