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Michael Weiner scholarship winner lives by labor movement values

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Colleen Fewer not only shares the values embodied by the labor movement. She lives them.

“As a union organizer, I have always admired the fighting spirit of the MLBPA,” said Fewer, who is among the five winners of the 2017 Michael Weiner Scholarship in Labor Studies recently announced by the Major League Baseball Players Trust. “When I heard about this scholarship through my school, I knew I wanted to apply.”

Fewer, a San Francisco native and a fan of the Giants and their ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner, attends the University of California Berkley School of Law, but studying toward undergraduate degrees in political science and social welfare helped shape her values. Fewer explained it was during that time that she knew she wanted to help people.

Recently, Fewer has worked for labor unions like the National Union of Healthcare Workers and UNITE HERE. She has worn many hats during her time in the labor movement, including serving on committees negotiating collective bargaining agreements and crafting action plans for union representation campaigns.

“I strongly believe that all workers should have an opportunity to become unionized, if they chose to,” Fewer said. “The MLBPA’s important work carries on the legacy of organized labor in America, whether those workers are professional baseball players, nurses or janitors.”

Fewer has long admired the MLBPA as the “strongest union in professional sports” and for the way it has embraced “traditional labor values.”

The application process for the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, awarded by the players’ collective charity, the Players Trust, has given her additional insight into players’ involvement in their communities, as well.

“The work of the Player’s Trust is truly inspiring,” Fewer said. “To see major league baseball players leading the way in giving back to the community reminds us all to be charitable in any way that we can.”

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To be eligible for the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, individuals must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in accredited educational institutions in the United States or Canada and must have a demonstrated interest and aspire to a career working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.

To receive an award, eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria including a superior academic record, a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement, a strong recommend ation from an academic or a labor/worker’s rights practitioner, and an excellent display of written and oral communication skills.

Preference also is given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise.

The scholarship application for the 2018 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies will be posted here in July 2017.