Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice recently announced a partnership between its Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Program, known as NPL, and The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.
The Bonner Community Scholars Program aims to increase access to higher education for first-generation and low-income students, according to SP2’s announcement on Feb. 2.
The program will provide full or partial tuition scholarships to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated academic promise and a commitment to serving their community and social justice. Students are expected to use their talents and education to “support vulnerable communities through civic engagement.”
The Bonner-NPL partnership will waive the application fee for Bonner scholars, leaders, alumni, or staff members. Furthermore, Bonner applicants admitted to the program will receive a $10,000 one-time scholarship.
"The Bonner Foundation is excited to add the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania to our growing consortium of graduate school partnerships," Liz Brandt, community engagement director at the Bonner Foundation, said.
The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Program at SP2 prepares nonprofit leaders to direct organizations grappling with complex social issues.
Through the NPL, aspiring nonprofit professionals learn to “create social impact through thoughtful, inventive, and meaningful work in nonprofits, charitable foundations, international NGOs, and more.”
Sue Perls, on-campus nonprofit leadership program coordinator, believes the Bonner-NPL partnership will increase enrollment numbers and diversity in applicants.
“We really pride ourselves in having a really diverse group of students as it is as far as personal and professional experiences … and we want to add to that because what that does is it really adds to the classroom learning experience, and that’s the most important piece here,” Perls told The Daily Pennsylvanian.