NEW YORK, June 12 – The Major League Baseball Players Trust announced five recipients of the 2019 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies on Wednesday, marking the fifth year the life and work of the late executive director has been honored by assisting the careers of aspiring worker advocates.
The following five 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 help defray some of their academic costs:
“Awarding these scholarships each year is a way we remember, pay tribute to and celebrate Michael Weiner’s many contributions on behalf of baseball players and the working people he honored every day through his life and work,” Executive Director Tony Clark said. “We congratulate these young women and men who follow in his path by striving to advance workers’ rights.”
“To be chosen to receive the Michael Weiner Scholarship is a great honor,” said Daniel Murphy, a member of MLBPA’s executive committee. “Michael Weiner’s commitment to his family and major league players was inspiring and legendary. Those fortunate enough to have known him are the better for it. Congratulations on being selected for this prestigious Scholarship.”
Weiner spent 25 years, nearly his entire professional career, with the MLBPA working in support of Players – past, present and future. Despite being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in August of 2012, Weiner continued working on behalf of the Players until passing in November 2013, at the age of 51.
To be eligible for the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, applicants must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in accredited educational institutions in the United States or Canada and must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to pursue a career working in the labor movement on behalf of workers’ rights. To receive an award, eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria:
- A superior academic record
- A demonstrable commitment to the labor movement
- A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner
- Excellent 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 2020 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies will be posted later this year, at http://playerstrust.org/programs/michael-weiner-scholarship-labor-studies/