Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship

Creating a professional development opportunity for honoree employees

We are extremely proud to announce a unique offering in the world of philanthropic prizes. In partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Program here at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, we are launching the Lipman Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship. Run out of the School of Social Policy & Practice, graduates of the program receive a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL). The NPL program is designed to serve nonprofit professionals preparing for leadership opportunities, professionals seeking to shift careers to create social impact, and international applicants looking to enhance their leadership and nonprofit skills.
This scholarship is available exclusively to the staff of Lipman Prize honorees. Each scholarship will provide $10,000 towards the completion of the program. Recipients are able to participate in either the full-time or part-time NPL program*.
Creating this opportunity is an extension of our belief in the work of our honorees to the people who do that great work. Over time, we hope this will deepen the level of connection between the University of Pennsylvania and each of our honoree communities.

Scholarship Details

  • Open to both full and part-time applicants (1 year full-time and 2-3 years part-time)
  • 10 Credit Unit (C.U.) Program
  • Course options for early to mid-career nonprofit and social impact professionals
  • Course options for US and International interests such as Philanthropy and Fundraising, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Governance and Management, Organizational Dynamics, Finance, and Impact Measurement among others

Admission Requirements*

      • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in the world
      • Strong GPA
      • Competitive GRE, GMAT, or LSAT, or 7+ years’ experience in the nonprofit/social impact sector
      • Three letters of recommendation; one must be from a Lipman Family Prize Honoree Supervisor
      • TOEFL or IELTS score of 100 or higher from these last two years for those students whose first language is not English

*Applicants will receive the scholarship only if they meet the above qualifications and are accepted into the program. There is no deadline to use the scholarship, the scholarship is awarded on a per credit basis. 


For more information or any questions, please reach out to Tunisia Meek