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Major League Baseball Players Trust announces recipients of 2020 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

2021 Grant Application Process is Now Open

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2020 – The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced the recipients of the 2020 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, marking the sixth year the life and work of the MLBPA’s late executive director has been honored by assisting the careers of aspiring worker advocates.

This year four outstanding scholars are being honored for their demonstrated achievement and commitment to pursuing careers dedicated to improving workers’ lives. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Players Trust to assist in academic costs for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The 2020 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies Recipients are:

Kelly McClure – Yale Law School

Michael Tayag – Yale Law School

Maura Moosnick – Fordham University School of Law

Rachel Rekowski – University of Cincinnati College of Law

“The family of Michael Weiner sends its congratulations to the 2020 winners of the Players Trust labor focused scholarship,” said Diane Margolin Weiner, wife of the late executive director. “We remain grateful to the MLB Players for honoring Mike’s memory in this meaningful way, particularly now when access to a living wage and safe working conditions are so greatly challenged.”

Major League players launched the scholarship program in July 2014 to commemorate the life of Weiner, who in November 2013, at age 51, lost a 15-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. The scholarship recognizes and supports the efforts of people who are passionate about and dedicated to improving the lives of workers – characteristics that were embodied by Weiner in his personal life, his studies and throughout his 25-year career with the Players Association.

In addition to honoring the 2020 recipients, the Players Trust also announced that the 2021 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies grant process is now open and applications are available for submission.  Grant applications will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. For more information, please visit the Michael Weiner Scholarship page.

Michael Weiner Eligibility Language                                                          

To be eligible for an award, applicants must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada and graduating no sooner than the semester following the scholarships award.  Further, they must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.  To receive an award, eligible candidates must also meet a combination of criteria identified below:

  • A strong academic record;
  • Demonstrated prior commitment to the labor movement;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner, and
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

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

The Players Trust awards up to five scholarships totaling up to $50,000 annually. The program has distributed over $290,000 to date. For more information, please visit the Michael Weiner Scholarship page.

About the Players Trust

Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes. Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org. Follow the Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and Instagram (@mlbplayerstrust).