Maura was raised in New York City, where her mother was a union member for over 25 years and helped inspire her to fight for social and economic justice. After receiving her college degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, she worked for two years as a paralegal at a labor law firm representing trade union pension funds. As a rising third-year law student, Maura is Vice President of the Fordham Workers’ Rights Advocates, a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and involved with the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center. She was awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships in 2019 and 2020. She looks forward to continuing to learn from movement lawyers, union and worker center staff, and most of all, workers themselves in order to use her law degree to strengthen workers’ rights and advance workplace democracy
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.