PHILADELPHIA â€” The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice has teamed with the City of Philadelphiaâ€™s Department of Human Services to create the Penn/DHS Scholarship, a joint program designed to encourage full-time DHS staff to become part-time students pursuing masterâ€™s of social work degrees at Penn.
â€śAt the School of Social Policy & Practice, we have the ability to enhance the quality of the skill sets of the workforce,â€ť Richard Gelles, dean of the School, said. â€śWe share the same goal â€“- a stronger, more effective DHS â€“- and this is Pennâ€™s way of making a long-lasting impact for the children of Philadelphia, as well as raising the bar for social work as a profession.â€ť
During the program, the School will contribute $30,000 per student, while DHS will contribute $24,000 per student. Each student will be responsible for any remaining tuition and fees.
â€śThe City of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s new scholarship program will empower DHS employees to apply newly developed and practical job skills to their work in the field,â€ť Mayor Michael Nutter said. â€śProviding higher education opportunities will not only broaden their professional expertise, but it will also instill a greater sense of pride as they continue to improve the quality of life for those in Philadelphiaâ€™s communities.â€ť
In order to receive the merit-based scholarship, DHS employees must be accepted into the M.S.W. program and commit to two years of service with the agency after graduation.
â€śThis is truly a great partnership that will strengthen DHS as an agency so that we can best carry out our mission,â€ť Anne Marie Ambrose, DHS commissioner, said. â€śOur employees are being offered an opportunity of a lifetime to receive a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the country. This partnership shows we are serious about having the best and the brightest working at DHS.â€ť
The Penn/DHS Scholarship program is limited to no more than five students per year. Additional information about is available at www.sp2.upenn.edu/programs/msw/index.html.