Scholarships and Fellowships

The School of Social Policy & Practice’s scholarship/fellowship recipients are a dynamic group. Scholarship and fellowship recipients contribute to the 240,000 hours of community service conducted by our student each year. These service hours help to enhance Penn’s community and the communities that surround the School.

Through education and real-world experiences, students enhance the fields of social work, social policy, and nonprofit leadership as they progress through SP2’s rigorous program.

Every scholarship/fellowship we receive helps worthy students obtain their degrees, while increasing our ability to attract and retain stellar candidates.

SP2 scholarships and fellowships are awarded by the SP2 Financial Aid office; they are not awards for which a student may apply.

Please explore the scholarships and fellowships below to learn more about the individuals who believed in social change and how graduate financial aid is making a tangible difference at SP2!

The Neysa C. Adams Award was established through a gift to The University of Pennsylvania by Neysa, CW’42 and Arlin Adams, L’47 HON’98. The scholarship is awarded to a rising second-year student who is an exceptional student and demonstrates leadership abilities. The recipient must be in the MSW program.

The Dorothy Kramer Bergstein Oncology Fellowship was established through a gift to the University of Pennsylvania by Jodi Bergstein Rabinowitz, C’87, SW’88 and her sister Merri Bergstein. This scholarship is for a second-year Masters level social work student whose primary area of interest is in the field of oncology or hospice care.

The Ruth E. Fizdale Social Work Fund was established through a bequest from Ruth E. Fizdale, PSW’40. Originally, the monies from this endowed scholarship were supposed to be used to provide cash awards to junior faculty members who made a significant contribution to the social work profession. Later, the donor decided that the monies from the fund should be used to provide scholarships to students based on a suggestion from the School of Social Work and the University. The student selected to receive the scholarship must be in good academic standing.

The Jay Goldman Endowed Scholarship was established by Jay Goldman, W’79. The purpose of this gift is to provide financial aid to a graduate student or students of the School of Social Policy & Practice. Recipient must be in good academic standing.

The Vicki Panzier Gross Fellowship for Social Policy was established through a generous gift by Vicki Panzier Gross, W’87 and Michael Gross. This award was created to provide financial support to a graduate student or students at the School of Social Policy & Practice in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) degree program. The fellowship is awarded to students who qualify according to need or merit.

The Ralph and Ida Gumberg Endowed Scholarship was established to provide assistance to a full-time graduate student at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. The scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing and who demonstrates an interest and involvement in the school.

The Florence R. Hart Endowed Scholarship was founded by Florence Hart, SW’65 and her husband Peter, to provide financial support to a graduate student or students at the School of Social Policy & Practice who is/are interested in working with at-risk children (or adolescents). The student selected to receive the scholarship must be in good academic standing.

The Wilbur E. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship was established through generous gifts from the family and friends of Wilbur E. Hobbs, SW’51 following Wilbur’s tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Hobbs had an appreciation for the social work profession and wanted to assist students going into the social work profession.

The Lilly Mach Lang Book Fund was founded in 1995 by Lilly’s son, Eugene, who, along with hundreds of other SP2 graduates, her colleagues and friends, and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (BA, Sarah Lawrence College ’90, at age 60) have contributed to this Fund. This endowed Fund purchases textbooks and supplies for an entering MSW student over the age of forty with financial need.

The Anita G. Langsfeld Scholarship was established through a gift from Morton A. Langsfeld and Robert D. Langsfeld to honor the memory of their mother, Anita Grossman Langsfeld, CW’37. Anita Grossman Langsfeld was a long time member of the Board of Overseers at Penn School of Social Work and was a pioneer in the field. She was the first female president and vice president of many charitable organizations in the Philadelphia area. In her honor, this scholarship is to be awarded to a student who has made significant contributions to the community.

The Betsy Schur Levy and David W. Levy Scholarship was founded by Betsy Schur Levy, C’80 and David W. Levy, W’78 WG’81. The scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a graduate student at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. The scholarship is for a deserving student in good academic standing.

The Yale Mann Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1998 through a gift to the School of Social Work from Wendy Mann Hornick, CW’73 SW’75 and Louis Hornick II, W’72. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to graduate students in the School of Social Work who would otherwise be unable to meet the cost of an education at the University of Pennsylvania. The scholarship is primarily given to incoming students and may be renewed. The candidate and scholarship recipient must be in, and maintain, acceptable academic standing.

The Newberg Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship was founded by Bruce L. Newberg, W’79 WG’80, to provide financial assistance to a student at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. The student must be in good academic standing and demonstrate an involvement in the school or the community.

The Mark and Dawn Ostroff Graduate Fellowship in Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Leadership was established through a generous contribution from Mark S. Ostroff, W’79 and Dawn Ostroff. The purpose of this gift is to provide financial support to a graduate student or students of the School of Social Policy & Practice, who are matriculating in the MS in Nonprofit Leadership program.

The Parents, Alumni and Friends Scholarship was originally a fund used to commission the parents, alumni and friends plaque which would honor the donors. The fund is now used to provide endowed fellowship support to students at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. The funds are currently used to provide financial assistance to deserving students in good academic standing.

The Otto and Gertrude Pollak Scholarship Fund was established through a bequest to the university by Otto Pollack GR’47 and Gertrude Pollack. Dr. Pollack was a long-time professor in the department of sociology at Penn. He and his wife established this scholarship to provide financial aid to a student with exceptional academic performance, letters of recommendation, volunteer and professional experience and personal application statement. The scholarship fund was established exclusively to make scholarship grants available to students in sociology and social work at The University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding applicants to the school’s MSW program.

The Porreca Memorial Scholarship was established by Augustine Porreca, a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Penn. He was married to Emily Brown Porreca who graduated from Penn School of Social Work in 1938. Mr. Porreca made a provision in his estate plans for the School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Fine Arts.

The Ann Nolan Reese NPL/NGO Leadership Scholarship was founded to provide financial support to students in the MS in Nonprofit Leadership degree program. The student selected to receive the scholarship must be in good academic standing.

The Miriam Mednick Rothman Scholarship was established to provide financial support for a graduate student at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. The graduate student selected must be in good academic standing and demonstrate an interest in the school or community.

The School of Social Policy & Practice Award was established to provide a scholarship to a deserving student in good academic standing at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice.

The Jean and Charles Segal Endowed Scholarship was established to provide financial support for a student at Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. The award is to be made to a deserving incoming first year student and may be renewed in the second year if the recipient maintains acceptable academic standing.

The Patricia and David Silvers Endowed Family Scholarship was established by Patricia, CW’72 and David Silvers, C71. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student with financial need with the following preferences: undergraduate students, who sub-matriculated in the MSW program during the graduate portion of their degree pursuit, or an MSW candidate who also earned his/her undergraduate degree at Penn.

Created in 2008 through a generous gift by Mr. Donald J. Deutsch, W’79, the purpose of Donald J. Deutsch Endowed Graduate Fellowship fund is to provide financial support to a graduate student or students at the School of Social Policy & Practice.

The Jean Seldomridge Price Memorial Scholarship Fund at the School of Social Policy & Practice supports a deserving MSW student in good academic standing.

The Heyer Foundation Graduate Prize Fellowship was founded by Andrew, W’79 WG’79 and Mindy Heyer C’79 W’79 WG’80, to provide financial support for a graduate student at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. The graduate student selected must be in good academic standing and demonstrate an interest in the School or community.

Established on January 11, 2012, the Aline & Tom Shapiro Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund provides financial support to students enrolled in any of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s master’s level degree programs in social work, social policy, or nonprofit leadership. The student selected to receive the scholarship must be in good academic standing.

The Wieseneck Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund provides financial support to a graduate student or students at the School of Social Policy and Practice. The Fund awards a fellowship or fellowships to a graduate student or students, in accordance with the University’s financial aid policy, as it may be amended from time to time, and applicable federal and state laws.

The Dennis and June Brady Scholarship Fund provides financial support to a graduate student or students in any of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s degree programs for students of merit from the tri-state area (including Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York), with preference for students from traditionally underserved populations such as low-income or first generation college students.

The Ellen R. Halpern Memorial Fund for Financial Aid was established in 2012 as a testamentary bequest by Adele T. Halpern, C.S.W., B.C.D in memory of her dear, departed daughter, Ellen R. Halpern.

Established June 2014, The Florence Marcus SP2 Hospital and Social Work Scholarship, a term scholarship made in honor of former dean Richard J. Gelles, will provide financial support to a second year graduate student at SP2 with a preference for students interested in or pursuing a career in hospital social work as demonstrated by their field placement.

Established in April 2016, the purpose of the SP2 Kurland-Marchick Master of Science in Social Policy Program Scholarship Fund is to provide financial aid for the Master of Science in Social Policy Program (MSSP) at the School for Social Policy & Practice.

Established in April 2017 by Vicki Panzier Gross, the purpose of The Master of Science in Social Policy Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support to a graduate student or students in the School of Social Policy & Practice with preference for students in the Master of Science in Social Policy Program, in honor of the Program’s 10th Anniversary.

Established in January 2017, the purpose of Louise Shoemaker Term Scholarship fund is to provide financial aid support to an SP2 MSW student who is pursuing an MSW as part of a career change into the field of Social Work.

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