Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows

The College of Health and Social Services is one of two colleges at New Mexico State University (NMSU) that houses a Peace Corps  Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Programs are in the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS) and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The first Fellows Program in the CHSS began in 2003; the ACES program began in 2009.

Within the CHSS, Fellows can seek a Master’s degree in the following areas: Social Work or Public Health. There is also the option to see a joint MPH/MSW degree. For additional or more specific information, regarding the NMSU Fellows Program or to request a NMSU Fellowship application, email Sue Forster-Cox at (Colombia, 1977-79), NMSU Fellows Coordinator, or call (575) 646-2183.


When an RPCV is accepted into a graduate program at NMSU, within CHSS or ACES, and is awarded a graduate assistantship, this qualifies the Fellow for in-state tuition. In addition, the student receives health insurance coverage through the University.

Description of NMSU

New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) main campus is located in the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico in Doña Ana County. Las Cruces’ population is approximately 95,000, and it is strategically is located about 40 miles from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Doña Ana County, along with five other counties in southern New Mexico make up the New Mexico border region, with three of the counties (Doña Ana, Luna, and Hidalgo) actually sharing a physical border with the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. The population within this 6-county border region is 312,200 with more than 54% (approx. 167,400) of Hispanic origin. Within this geographic region exist dozens of “colonia” communities, which are characterized as rural unincorporated subdivisions within 150 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border that lack a potable water supply, adequate sewage systems, and decent, safe and sanitary housing. It is estimated that as many as 80,000 (45%) of the Doña Ana County residents alone live in these unincorporated communities.

New Mexico State University attracts the best students from all over. We have students from all 50 states and 71 foreign countries. We are the only land-grant institution that is also classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and minority enrollment at the main campus is more than 49 percent. There are over 17,000 students enrolled at the main campus in Las Cruces.


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of New Mexico State University, the Graduate School, and the degree program for which they are applying.

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