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University Partnership: University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
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City Year is proud to partner with University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, a premiere graduate school dedicated to the passionate pursuit of social innovation, impact and justice, offering significant scholarship opportunities.


The School of Social Policy & Practice (Penn SP2) contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, our theory-based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, nonprofit leadership, and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures as well as across national and international boundaries. The pursuit of social justice is at the heart of the School’s knowledge-building activities. Our innovative educational and research programs reinforce our vision of active student engagement in their own learning as well as that of social agencies and larger social collectivities organized at the local, national, and international levels.

Benefits offered by the School of Social Policy & Practice

Scholarship Amount  see scholarship details below
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually  Up to 2 annually for MSW (Full-Time);
 one annually for MSW (Advanced
 Standing); Social Policy (MSSP); and
 Nonprofit Leadership (NPL)
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral One year deferral

Eligibility & Additional Info

  •  Penn SP2 will provide scholarships for the following programs:
    • Social Work (MSW):
      • Full 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.
      • 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. 
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • Penn SP2 will permit admitted students to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with CityYear for additional time before starting their studies.
  • Applicants may be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength of the application. Note: If City Year member is awarded a higher merit amount than City Year national service scholarship based on strength of application, the scholarship amount is in lieu of not in addition to the City Year national service scholarship.

Eligible Programs:

Learn more:


  • Master of Social Work
    • Full-Time (Two Year)
    • Advance Standing
  • MS in Social Policy
  • MS in Nonprofit Leadership 


To Apply for City Year Scholarship:


Visit to create an account and submit an admissions application online.


Deadline:  Applicants must apply to any of our Master’s level degree programs online and have all supplemental admission materials submitted by February 1st to be considered for the City Year National Service Scholarship.


Click here to visit the admissions page on the website

To Verify Your City Year Affiliation:


  • To be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be received by SP2’s Office of Admissions by February 1st. Please email 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. 

To Obtain an Application 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 with your name and state your current or past affiliation/service with City Year.

To Contact the Admissions Office:

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.