National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)

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The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Scholarship was established to recognize the longstanding ties between SIT and the Peace Corps. SIT has supported the Peace Corps community from its inception in the early 1960s, when we were among the first institutions in the country to train the very first Peace Corps volunteers as they prepared to go abroad. We continue to stand in solidarity and partnership with the Peace Corps community today.

In this spirit, we offer our support to returned Peace Corps volunteers who were abruptly moved back to the United States in spring 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic and who may now find themselves in search of next steps for their future. We will support these individuals with the following:



We currently offer the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Scholarship to returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), which has a benefit of 25% off tuition and can be used towards any of our master’s degree programs. We are now increasing this scholarship to 35% off tuition for spring returnees who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The benefit is valid for two years, starting in fall 2020.



You must be a member of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and have one year or more of significant Peace Corps experience to be eligible to apply for this competitively awarded scholarship. Applicants must be accepted into one of SIT's master's degree programs.
*To have satisfactorily completed Peace Corps service, a volunteer must have completed the full two-year tour of service or the full tour minus up to 90 days, if returned home on an emergency leave; have been granted an "Early Close of Service" or an "Interrupted Service" due to circumstances beyond the volunteer's control; or have been medically separated as a volunteer.



To learn more about SIT Graduate Institute's scholarships for returning Peace Corps volunteers or SIT master's and doctorate programs, please reach out to Mary Kay Sigda at or Maira Tungatarova