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Social Justice Scholars Program

Full-tuition scholarships and specialized, rigorous academic programming for master’s students

The Social Justice Scholars Program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is a competitive scholarship program with the aim of enhancing SP2’s ongoing commitment to the recruitment and retention of students with a particular interest in and demonstrated capacity for social justice leadership in their field. Social Justice Scholars will receive full tuition benefits, be supported through an enriched structure of mentorship and additional training opportunities, and be part of a dynamic cohort of scholars. 

Paloma Brand, MSW’23
San Antonio, TX

In their own words

Paloma Brand, MSW’23

Paloma is one of the inaugural Social Justice Scholars.

“Social innovation and social justice should really involve the communities that social work impacts.”

Frequently asked questions


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Jessie Harper joins SP2 as director of inclusion education and Social Justice Scholars Program

Dr. Jessie Harper has joined SP2 as the inaugural director of inclusion education and the Social Justice Scholars Program. Dr. Harper comes to SP2 after nearly two decades at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), where she most recently served as assistant dean of faculty affairs and diversity.


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First graduate of SP2’s Social Justice Scholars Program lands role on Capitol Hill  

“What’s important to me is being in a space where I can help people and I’m constantly in a state of giving back,” says Gianni Morsell, NPL’22. The first graduate […]


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Penn’s Inspiring Impact highlights SP2 Social Justice Scholar and a unique gift

A new article on Penn’s Inspiring Impact website highlights SP2 Master of Social Work student Mayowa Fageyinbo and a unique gift that is making an impact on SP2’s signature Social Justice Scholars Program.

Alums & current scholars

Gianni Morsell, NPL’22
Prince George’s County, MD
Joelle Eliza Lingat, MSW’24, NPL’24
Jersey City, NJ
Josh Arinze, MSW’23
Lagos, Nigeria
Sparsh Maheshwari, NPL’23
Uttar Pradesh, India
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Contact Us

Adiza M. Ezell, MSW

Director of Admissions & Recruitment

SP2 Admissions


Kristen de Paor

Associate Dean

Office of Institutional Advancement