Penn GSE Scholarships

Penn GSE scholarships provide partial tuition support to full-time students in their first year of study at the master's level (doctoral level students should see the Fellowships section of this webpage). The School seeks to provide assistance to as many eligible candidates as possible, currently awarding scholarships to 75% of incoming master’s students. There is no application for Penn GSE scholarships. The awards are made at the time of application review by the academic divisions and are based on the academic merit of the application for admission. Awards are communicated at the time of admission in the acceptance letter. Scholarships are not taxable and require no service component.

Dean's Centennial Scholarship

Penn GSE will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this occasion, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Dean’s Centennial Scholarship. Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 will be awarded to a select group of master’s applicants entering in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Centennial Scholar recipients are expected to assist the Dean in examining interdisciplinary and/or school wide issues. Issues and activities will be developed annually by the Dean's Advisory Council in consultation with the Dean. These activities may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Working group meetings 
  • Research, writing, and presentation 
  • Activities with the Dean and/or other members of the University leadership 
  • Travel 
  • Representing GSE to external audiences

There is no separate application for the Dean’s Centennial Scholarship. Awards will be made based on merit assessed during the faculty review of the admissions application. The Dean’s Centennial Scholarship may be combined with other Penn GSE scholarship offers.

Scholarships for Veterans

Penn GSE participates in the Yellow Ribbon program established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. GSE provides up to five $4,000 matching awards for eligible students. More information on the Yellow Ribbon program can be found here. Eligible students should contact Wanda Rothmiller at for more information.

Give a Year Scholarship

Penn GSE has established a Give a Year Partnership with City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to succeed. This partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations, integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. In recognition of this partnership, Penn GSE will award annually merit scholarships toward any full-time master’s degree program to selected City Year corps members or alumni who have completed at least one year of service or City Year staff members employed by City Year for at least two years.

Those eligible for the scholarship must identify their City Year affiliation in the designated space on the online application and request a verification letter from the City Year Alumni & Career Services Manager. In order to be considered for the scholarship, prior to March 1st, applicants must have a fully complete admissions application and submit the verification letter. The scholarship will be awarded on or around April 1st. For more information, please click here.

Glosserman Family Urban Education Scholarship Fund

The Glosserman Family Urban Education Scholarship provides partial tuition support for select M.S.Ed. Teacher Education Program students who aspire to serve as teachers in the Washington, D.C. metro area public schools. Applicants who are interested in and dedicated to service in the Washington, D.C. metro area public school system should indicate this in their statements of purpose on the online applications. There is no separate application for the Glosserman Family Urban Education Scholarship.