National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)

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:

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

Eligibility
A member of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) with one year or more of significant Peace Corps. 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.

For RPCVs who were not repatriated due to the pandemic, the following applies:

Benefit

  • Several competitive awards of 25 percent off tuition for all degrees are made each year.
  • Application fee waiver

Eligibility
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 Identify Your National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Affiliation
Please check the NPCA box on SIT’s online application. Otherwise, contact SIT’s Admissions Office at 800 336-1616 (toll free in the US) or 802 258-3510, or email admissions@sit.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship described above. Please state that you are an NPCA member and reference the partnership.