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Michael Weiner’s Legacy Lives on Through the Next Generation

The 2015-2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship recipients pose with two of Weiner's daughters and Melissa Persaud of the Players Trust.

Michael Weiner, former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, devoted his life to bringing fairness to workers.

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 waged an inspiring battle against his disease and continued to work up to the time of his passing in November 2013, at age 51.

Weiner’s work in the labor rights movement is now honored through the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, created by Major Leaguers through the Players Trust.

The scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of workers.  The Players Trust awards up to five $10,000 scholarships annually as part of the scholarship program.

To be eligible for an award, individuals must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada and 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 meet a combination of criteria identified below:

  • A strong academic record
  • Demonstrated commitment to the labor movement
  • A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner
  • 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.


To apply for the scholarship, click here.