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Peace Corps Volunteers Remain Strong

Peace Corps Volunteers Remain StrongUniversity continues role as a national leader in several international programs.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.16.01] For the second year in a row, Tufts University is among the top suppliers of Peace Corps volunteers in the country, the international organization announced this week.

Ranked second among colleges and universities with less than 5,000 undergraduates, Tufts' volunteers helped the Peace Corps reach its highest enrollment in more than 26 years -- with more than 7,300 volunteers and trainees world wide.

"With a strong international focus and a proven dedication to volunteerism and service, Tufts students and alumni continue to play an important role in the Peace Corps," Tufts University President John DiBiaggio said. "I am proud that Tufts remains a leader and is preparing its students for active service in the global community."

Two years ago, a Peace Corps director told the Boston Globe that Tufts was among the top 25 "feeder schools" in the nation, helping Massachusetts rank as one of the top suppliers of volunteers for the program.

For volunteers, the experience is demanding. "Through their volunteer work overseas, Americans throughout this country are able to learn more about the world in this era of globalization," said Charles Baquet III, the director of the Peace Corps.

According to the international organization, volunteers in 78 countries are working to many important initiatives, such as fighting against hunger, improving children's education and stopping the spread of HIV.

In addition to Peace Corps volunteers, Tufts is also one of the highest per-capita suppliers of Fulbright Scholars. Since 1999, the University has broken its record for total Fulbright Scholars several times, while serving as one of the largest feeder schools for the international scholarships.

Former Senator Patrick Moynihan and critically acclaimed composer Alan Hoveness are among the Tufts graduates to earn Fulbright Scholarships.

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