Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor

April 3, 2025
Awards Available: Varies

Scholarship Description

Over the past 50 years, the demographics of the U.S. labor force have changed significantly, with dramatic increases in the number of women and people of color. The racial and gender composition of national union leadership, however, continues to lag behind the demographics of the workforce. The academic field of Labor Studies reflects a similar imbalance in the ratio of students to faculty and administrators, where women and people of color are considerably underrepresented.

Scholarship Details

  • Organization: CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
  • Purpose: Promote Diversity and Excellence in Union Leadership and Labor Studies
  • Award Amount: $30,000 for graduate and $20,000 for undergraduate study

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate applicants must be first-time students in the MA in Labor Studies program
  • Undergraduate applicants may be first-time or continuing students in the CUNY SLU BA in Labor Studies
  • Minimum GPA requirement: 3.0 for graduate and 2.5 for undergraduate applicants

Application Process

  1. Gain admission to the B.A. or M.A. in Labor programs
  2. Accept the offer by February 2024
  3. Submit the Diversity Scholarship application by April 3rd

The scholarship was designed to create pipelines that will bring underrepresented individuals to the forefront of the labor movement and labor education. Each year the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies will award up to $150,000 in scholarships to qualified applicants, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Scholarship Search