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International House creates California's First Endowed Doctoral Fellowship for Peace Corps Volunteers at UC Berkeley

International House creates California's First Endowed Doctoral Fellowship for Peace Corps Volunteers at UC Berkeley

International House announces the Joe Lurie Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Fellowship–California's first endowed scholarship to fund a former Peace Corps volunteer's first year of doctoral studies at UC Berkeley. The fellowship is named after Joe Lurie, International House's executive director for 19 years, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya for three years. It provides a returned Peace Corps volunteer beginning PhD studies at Cal with room, board and access to rich cross-cultural programs and resources at International House, a multicultural residential center with nearly 600 residents from the U.S. and over 80 countries. The UC Berkeley Graduate Division matches the I-House fellowship by providing the recipient one year of tuition and fee support plus a $5,000 stipend.

International House creates California's First Endowed Doctoral Fellowship for Peace Corps Volunteers at UC Berkeley

California's First Endowed Doctoral Fellowship for Peace Corps Volunteers Launched by International House, UC Berkeley

(Berkeley, CA) International House announces the Joe Lurie Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Fellowship–California's first endowed scholarship to fund a former Peace Corps volunteer's first year of doctoral studies at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley is the number one university in the nation sending alumni abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. 3,326 UC Berkeley graduates have served since the Peace Corps began in 1961 in every sector of the Peace Corps–including education, health and HIV/AIDS, business development, environment, youth development, and agriculture.

The fellowship is named after Joe Lurie, International House's executive director for 19 years, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya for three years. It provides a returned Peace Corps volunteer beginning PhD studies at Cal with room, board and access to rich cross-cultural programs and resources at International House, a multicultural residential center with nearly 600 residents from the U.S. and over 80 countries. The UC Berkeley Graduate Division matches the I-House fellowship by providing the recipient one year of tuition and fee support plus a $5,000 stipend.

Financially-strapped returned Peace Corps volunteers are eligible to apply for the fellowship through the Office of Graduate Admissions, regardless of whether they reside in California or out-of-state. Awards are made by the admitting UC academic department. I-House accommodation is valued at approximately $12,000 annually and the Graduate Division match provides up to $40,000 for tuition and fees.

The goal of the fellowship is to create academic opportunities for returned Peace Corps volunteers, honor UC Berkeley’s historic connection to the program, and enable former volunteers to contribute to the intercultural learning environment at I-House.

This is the first endowed graduate fellowship in California targeted to help these talented candidates pursue doctoral degrees. I-House has partnered with UC Berkeley and 149 private donors to create this endowment, now valued at over $260,000. I-House, with its commitment to a multicultural community and international dialogue, is uniquely able to provide returned Peace Corps volunteers with an engaging and culturally diverse living environment. This scholarship will help UC Berkeley enhance its strong Peace Corps legacy while providing important financial support.

The International House board of directors named the fellowship in honor of former director, Joe Lurie, whose Peace Corps experiences in Kenya for three years helped launch his career of international service. Mr. Lurie served with distinction as executive director of I-House from 1988 until he stepped down in June 2007. He was the third of only four executive directors in the 78-year history of I-House.

International House is a residential and program center at the University of California at Berkeley, dedicated to fostering understanding and friendship among the peoples of all nations, races and cultures. Its active program schedule, ranging from cultural festivals to discussions on world issues, enhances global understanding in the community and on the Berkeley campus. International House is a separate and self-supporting nonprofit organization with close ties to the University of California, Berkeley.




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