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’s 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.
The 2016 Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship Award has been awarded to Tajender “TJ” Luthra. By education, TJ is a chartered accountant. Professionally, he is the Inspector General of Police in India, and chief of police in Chandigarh, a territory with a population of 1.3 million, where he commands a force of 7500 policemen and officers. TJ is passionate about women’s protection, children’s rights, and social justice. He has initiated many community policing programs such as YUVA, a program which imparts vocational skills training to children at risk to help them secure gainful employment. TJ also implemented a program that educated his police force on empathy to increase their effectiveness, encourage more humane policing, and build trust in the community. In his free time, TJ has a family and is also a poet who published an anthology, Assi Ghat Ka Bansuri Wala, in 2012. He hopes to apply his learnings from his MAPP degree in his police work and to continue to support communities in need.
All MAPP and scholarship application materials and forms must be submitted by April 1, 2017. The scholarship application and FAFSA can be completed and submitted on-line. The International Student Aid Form (PDF) should be filled out and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.