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Fels Announces Admissions Partnership with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Cassie Tomkins
October 25, 2016

Pictured above: Joe Hejlek (JV New Orleans '09-'10 and MPA Candidate '17) with senators Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey (JV Philadelphia '82-'83).

The Fels Institute of Government is pleased to announce the newest admissions partnership with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). JVC empowers young people to spend a year living and serving in under-resourced communities. This partnership will allow current and former JVs to waive the Fels application fee and would guarantee an $8000 yearly scholarship to any JVC matriculants.  JVC Recruitment Manager Kevin Breen says, “We at JVC are thrilled about our scholarship agreement with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Partnerships like these demonstrate how valuable our Jesuit Volunteers are to the communities they enter after their years of service. Whether they return to the classroom, enter the workplace, or move to a new city, Jesuit Volunteers bring their collective passion for vital service wherever they go.”


A Master’s of Public Administration is an organic transition for those who have completed a year of service, because the degree equips students with practical skills to create meaningful change.  A Fels MPA prepares students with the knowledge to understand the context of the political landscape, the tools to analyze programs and data, and the leadership experience to put insight into practice to effect change.


The partnership between JVC and Fels is a natural fit, as many former JVs have earned their MPA through the school. Joe Hejlek, JV New Orleans ’09-’10, is a current full time student at Fels and interned with the School District of Philadelphia over the summer. Of his experience Joe shared, “Through JVC, I formed genuine relationships with people on the margins.  At Fels, I'm gaining the tools to make structural changes that will make those individuals' lives better.  Having been a JV means having an understanding that ‘issues’ aren't just numbers and words on a page—they involve real people with unique, complex, messy lives.”


Fels highly encourages former Jesuit Volunteers to consider us for your graduate degree. For more information on Fels programs and how to apply, please visit our admissions pages or call 215-746-3700 to speak to Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies Dr. Joshua Power.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu