City Year National Service Scholarship

The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) entered into a partnership with City Year in 2017. The partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. The partnership will help bring idealistic and committed leaders with a high level of maturity, insight, and experience working in diverse settings to the Penn SP2 community. The City Year National Service Scholarship will be open to City Year AmeriCorps members, Senior AmeriCorps members, alumni, and staff that meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

Eligible members of the City Year community include currently serving AmeriCorps members, alumni who completed a term of AmeriCorps service, and staff members employed for at least two years. Students can be considered for a City Year National Service Scholarship if they submit completed applications with all supplemental material by February 1st.

Fee Waiver

All City Year participants (currently serving AmeriCorps members, alumni who completed a term of AmeriCorps service and staff members employed for at least two years) are eligible to receive an application fee waiver. In order to obtain this waiver, email apply@sp2.upenn.edu with your name and state your current or past affiliation/service with City Year.

City Year National Service Scholarship

In order to apply for a City Year National Service Scholarship, applicants must complete the application process for their chosen Master’s-level program. This includes the submission of all supplemental admission materials (including letters of recommendation, applicable test scores, etc) by February 1st.

Applicants must also request a service verification letter, which must also be received by February 1st. Email alumni@cityyear.org with “PENN SP2: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent to the Admissions Office on your behalf.

Available scholarships for SP2 programs:

  • Social Work (full-time or part-time): The award will be in the amount equal to $30,000 ($15,000 per year for the two-year MSW program) for up to 2 City Year corps, alumni, or staff members per year.
  • Social Work (Advanced Standing): The award will be in the amount equal to $18,750 (one-year program) for 1 City Year corps member, alumni, or staff member annually.
  • Social Policy (MSSP): The award will be in the amount equal to $18,750 (one-year program) for 1 City Year corps member, alumni, or staff member annually.
  • Nonprofit Leadership (NPL): The award will be in the amount equal to $18,750 (one-year program) for 1 City Year corps member, alumni, or staff member annually.

Completed applications received by February 1st will be reviewed for City Year Scholarship consideration by the selection committee.

City Year National Service Scholarships and SP2 scholarship awards cannot be combined.

Deferment

Penn SP2 will permit admitted City Year National Service Scholars to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid
215.898.5535
finaid@sp2.upenn.edu

For general admissions inquiries or questions involving the online application system, please email Admissions at apply@sp2.upenn.edu.