Michael Weiner Scholarship Application

Complete the application for a chance to be awarded this scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

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 (5) scholarships totaling up to $50,000 annual. The program has distributed over $290,000 to date.

Eligibility Conditions

Your date of graduation must be no earlier than December 2021.

Scholarship money will be applied towards your tuition for the Fall of 2021.

Application form MUST be complete in full, and all information requested must be supplied.

General Scholarship Information

  1. Each student selected as a Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies recipient will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
  2. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the accredited school/university and applied towards tuition.
  3. We may select up to five (5) scholarship recipients; however, we reserve the right to select fewer than five (5) recipients and to upwardly adjust the awards given provided total awards will not exceed $50,000.
  4. All applicants must be available for a Skype interview if requested.
  5. The scholarship recipients will be contacted in February 2021, and a list of all successful applicants will be posted on the Players Trust website and social media platforms.
  6. Should any award winner fail to enroll in a qualified graduate program before July 1, his/her award shall be rescinded.

By submitting an application, the applicant indicates that he/she understands and accepts the terms for the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies.

For additional information regarding the scholarship program, please contact the Players Trust by email at PlayersTrust@mlbpa.org

Application Requirements

Complete and sign the two-page application found below. In addition to a completed application, all candidates are required to submit:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from academic or labor/workers’ rights practitioners
  • A one-page resume
  • A writing sample of previous work that demonstrates a commitment to the union movement
  • A detailed statement that demonstrates, through FAFSA scores or otherwise, financial need

Applications and additional documents to be submitted online only; applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Please have your references submit their recommendations to the Players Trust via email at PlayersTrust@mlbpa.org.

The Players Trust reserves the right to seek additional information if necessary.


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Please have your references submit their recommendations directly to Dennis Graham, Program Coordinator, Players Trust, MLBPA 12 E. 49th Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

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Essay Question

Michael Weiner believed that labor unions are the best means of protecting and promoting the legal and economic rights of all working people. Please describe, in 500 words or fewer, using personal examples, why you have chosen a career in the labor movement and how you intend to use your advanced educational training to further these goals.

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statement regarding financial need

Please provide a statement detailing your anticipated educational and living expenses for the 2020-2021 year, your anticipated income from all sources, and a description of your existing and unpaid educational debt.


By submitting an application, the applicant grants the Major League Baseball Players Trust, Major League Baseball Players Association and all related entities, including their employees, officers, directors, members, agents and designees, the right to reproduce, display, distribute copies of, prepare derivative works of and/or use for any purpose all information and other content, including without limitation any text, images, photographs and statements, contained within his/her application (including any submission provided in connection with the application) for any purpose and in any manner or medium, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification.