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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. The scholarship application and FAFSA can be completed and submitted online. The International Student Aid Form should be filled out and emailed to

Fellowship winners

Martín Blank, MAPP ‘19

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, MAPP ’17

Director General of Police, India

Learn how one community leader in India uses positive psychology to influence policing.

Dwayne Allen Thomas, MAPP ‘16

Senior Court Attorney

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

MAPP info sessions

MAPP Info Sessions

Nov. 7, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, 5 – 6 p.m.

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Program format

Program Format

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

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Am I eligible to apply?

Admissions and Eligibility

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

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