Master’s Degree Candidate Chosen for Full-Tuition Grant 


PROVIDENCE –Jasamine Young-Paulhill, an incoming graduate student in Brown University’s Master’s program in Urban Education Policy (UEP), was named the 2015 winner and the fourth recipient of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award, announced by Brown’s Education Department Chair Kenneth K. Wong.

The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR) established the permanent, annual scholarship in 2012 for the UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.

Young-Paulhill, a Philadelphia native, is a 2014 graduate of Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she served with City Year Chicago as the extended learning time coordinator on her team, working to improve the daily attendance, academic performance, and social-emotional skills of 20–40 at-risk students on a daily basis. While at Oberlin, she was an America Reads tutor site leader for students in grades 3–5.


Jasamine Young-Paulhill shares her thoughts on the scholarship's impact,
the UEP program, and what she hopes to accomplish through studying at Brown.

The UEP program, launched in the summer of 2006, has since conferred degrees on over 190 graduates. The tightly focused, 12-month academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies necessary for successful careers in urban education policy. The UEP program also provides a solid foundation for those anticipating advanced study in areas related to urban education policy. 

“The UEP program has established its prominence both on campus and in the larger education reform community,” said Wong, founding director of the UEP program, and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Urban Education Policy, a chair endowed by AISR in 2005. “Graduates of the program are now serving as change agents in urban school initiatives around the country.”

AISR is a national education policy research and reform support organization that focuses on improving conditions and outcomes for all students in urban K-12 public schools, especially those attended by traditionally underserved children.

Founded in 1993 with support from the Annenberg Foundation, AISR’s participation in the UEP program, from curriculum development to teaching to engaging students in our work as research assistants, gives UEP graduate students a unique opportunity to connect to the world of “practice” as they develop core skills via academic course work.