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The Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship

Christopher Peterson, a founding instructor in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, taught in word and deed that "other people matter." To honor the legacy of Chris’ life and contribution to positive psychology, the alumni of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania created a scholarship following in the tradition of Chris’s generosity to students and colleagues.

The Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship, a partnership between the MAPP Alumni Association, Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Positive Psychology Center, provides tuition remission of up to $30,000 to one or more new MAPP students annually. Recipients demonstrate service to others, academic merit and financial need. MAPP explicitly welcomes a diverse classroom of scholars, and this scholarship is intended to reduce barriers and enhance pathways to scholarship for candidates that might not otherwise be able to attend.

Application process

All scholarship application materials and forms must be submitted by March 15.

Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship Application Form

I am a(n):
Personal Statement
Please provide no more than a 150-word statement addressing how your volunteer/community service and/or service-oriented professional work in the past year demonstrates, in the spirit of Christopher Peterson, that “other people matter."
Diversity Criteria (Optional)
MAPP explicitly welcomes a diverse classroom of scholars, and this scholarship is intended to reduce barriers and enhance pathways to scholarship for candidates that might not otherwise be able to attend. If you wish, please identify any groups (ancestry, color, language, religion, sexual orientation, other) with whom you feel a sense of belonging.

Fellowship winners

Frank Jackson, 2020 Fellowship Recipient
Frank Jackson, 2020 Fellowship Recipient

English/Spanish teacher, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Frank Jackson enrolled in the MAPP program to bring the language of positive psychology to the Black community, and in his capstone research will explore the stigma associated with clinical psychology, especially for men of color.
Celeste Caton, 2019 Fellowship Recipient

Immigration Services Program Manager, Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Learn how Celeste finds inspiration in human resilience as an advocate for the immigrant/migrant community on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
Martín Blank, 2018 Fellowship Recipient

Founder and Director, The Astronauts Social Emotional Learning Programs

Explore Martín’s classroom applications of social emotional learning, such as mindful breathing exercises.
Christine Robinson, 2017 Fellowship Recipient

Senior Advisor and Philanthropy Consultant

Explore Christine’s application of interest in applying positive psychology to large-scale policy and social change initiatives.
Tajender (TJ) Singh Luthra, 2016 Fellowship Recipient

Director General of Police, India

Learn how one community leader in India uses positive psychology to influence policing.
Dwayne Allen Thomas, 2015 Fellowship Recipient

Senior Court Attorney

Discover Dwayne’s social impact research interests, including raising the bar exam pass rate of African-Americans.
Danny Torrance, 2014 Fellowship Recipient

Employee Engagement Specialist, Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living

Read about Danny’s journey in using positive psychology to create opportunities for greater health, happiness, and well-being, with both the staff he works with and the clients he serves.

Program format

Learn more abot MAPP's innovative hybrid program delivery model.

Am I eligible to apply?

Admission to the master's program is highly selective. Learn more about applicant qualifications.

Courses and curriculum

History, theory, research, and professional application—completed in one year of full-time study.