The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor is dedicated to the purpose of fostering diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic discipline of labor studies.

Over the past 50 years, the demographics of the U.S. labor force have changed significantly, with dramatic increases in the number of women and people of color. The racial and gender composition of national union leadership, however, continues to lag behind the demographics of the workforce.  The academic field of Labor Studies reflects a similar imbalance in the ratio of students to faculty and administrators, where women and people of color are considerably underrepresented.

In supporting women and students of color, the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor program seeks to make a significant contribution toward redressing existing imbalances in these fields.

Each year since 2013, the City University of New York has supported the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor program by providing an annual challenge-grant. In combination with outside donations, this financial commitment provides scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. The scholarship is named after Joseph S. Murphy, a former Chancellor of the City University of New York and a pioneer in supporting Labor Studies at the University.

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SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor is committed to diversity and excellence. This unique scholarship was created for women and students of color who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at the CUNY School for Labor and Urban Studies (SLU). It is available to students nationwide.

The Scholarship Application is available here.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must first apply for early admission – and be accepted – to SLU. Applicants may apply either to the MA in Labor Studies program or the BA in Urban and Community Studies program with a concentration in Labor Studies. Both programs are flexible, interdisciplinary majors that let students pursue a wide range of academic interests and careers, such as labor relations, law, public policy, and social justice.

Awardees of the Diversity Scholarship receive two-year scholarships of up to $30,000 (graduate students) and up to $20,000 (undergraduate students). To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned 60 or more prior college credits, with at least a 2.5 GPA. Graduate students must have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their prior undergraduate-level work. Questions about the application process should be directed to the SLU Scholarships Office at scholarships@slu.cuny.edu.

REQUIRED: Early Admission to MA or BA degree program. Your degree program application is due February 23, 2021 to be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship.

The Diversity Scholarship application submission deadline is March 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

FAQ

Each year the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies will award up to $150,000 in scholarships to qualified applicants, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Individual awardees will receive up to $30,000 for graduate study (up to $15,000 for each of two years, contingent on credit load per semester) and up to $20,000 for undergraduate study (up to $10,000 for each of two years, contingent on credit load per semester).

In 2012, former CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein created a challenge grant opportunity designed to raise additional funds to establish and support the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor. The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies raises matching funds annually. Scholarship donations come from generous individuals and organizations from various sectors and professions, including labor unions, academia, non-profit organizations and businesses. The scholarship was designed to create pipelines that will bring women and people of color to the forefront of the labor movement and labor education.

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor is dedicated to the purpose of fostering new, diverse, and representative leadership in the labor movement and in the academic discipline of Labor Studies. To that end, applicants must be part of an underrepresented minority in the field of labor.

In order to eligible for a Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor, applicants must first apply for early admission, and be accepted, to the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies degree programs.

Graduate level applicants for the scholarship are eligible if they apply for, and are accepted into, the MA in Labor Studies program. Those applying for the graduate scholarship must be first-time, entering students in the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies MA in Labor Studies degree program.

Applicants:

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) from prior undergraduate work

If I have earned a graduate degree or graduate credits beyond my undergraduate degree, will those be considered when calculating the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement if my overall undergraduate GPA is under 3.0? You may apply as a graduate for the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor if, when combining your overall undergraduate GPA with the GPA from graduate credits earned, your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher. Applicants must address their undergraduate GPA shortfall within the Personal Statement or Required Writing Sample, both of which must be submitted with the Scholarship application.

  • Must demonstrate potential for leadership in social justice movements and/or capacity for academic scholarship in the field of Labor Studies
  • Must provide strong recommendations from academics and/or practitioners in areas of social justice, labor, or labor education
  • Must submit a compelling statement of purpose
  • Must have good written communication skills, as demonstrated in a 1,000 or more words writing sample, and well-developed oral skills.
  • Are advised to attend a CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies open house and speak to program staff before applying.

Undergraduate level applicants for the scholarship are eligible if they apply for, and are accepted into, the BA in Urban and Community Studies program with a concentration in Labor Studies. Those applying for the undergraduate scholarship must be first-time, entering students, or current students, in the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies BA in BA in Urban and Community Studies degree program.

Applicants:

  • Must have completed a minimum of 60 college credits
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Must demonstrate potential for leadership in social justice movements and/or capacity for academic scholarship in the field of Labor Studies
  • Must have strong recommendations from academics and/or practitioners in areas of social justice, labor, or labor education
  • Must submit a compelling statement of purpose
  • Must have good written communication skills, as demonstrated in a 500 or more words writing sample, and well-developed oral skills
  • Are advised to attend a CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies open house

The deadline for submission of an application for early admission to the designated MA or BA programs, if you plan to apply for a 2021 Joseph S. Murphy Diversity in Labor Scholarship, is February 23, 2021, 11:59 pm.

No. However, international students are encouraged to apply for admission to degree programs at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

In order to be eligible for the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor, you must first apply for early admission to the MA in Labor Studies program, or the BA in Urban and Community Studies program (with a concentration in Labor Studies). The deadline to apply for early admission to either program is February 23, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.

All applicants should consider attending an MA program or BA program open house. Open house dates are listed on the program website pages.

The application for the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm EST, March 16, 2021.

The scholarship application is available online. Read the program guidelines carefully and follow the complete list of application instructions.


No. Diversity Scholarship applications must be submitted online.

The scholarship application is available HERE.

Paper copies will not be accepted for any application.

Though the scholarship committee reserves the right not to conduct interviews, applicants must be available for a virtual or in-person interview.

Yes. Graduates of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies BA in Urban and Community Studies, who meet all eligibility requirements, may apply for the graduate scholarship. You must submit a completed MA degree program application for admission by February 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm, and a completed scholarship application by 11:59 pm on March 16, 2021. Admission into the M.A. program does not guarantee receipt of the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor.

The scholarship program is intended for a two year program of study, in both the MA and BA degree programs. If you must extend beyond a two year program of study you must contact the Diversity Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@slu.cuny.edu.

Yes. You will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) upon selection for a scholarship award.

All students enrolled in CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies degree programs must meet prior to the start of each semester with a program counselor to determine the best course of study to meet scholarship and degree requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor periodically during the semester to monitor academic progress.

For all inquiries related to the M.A. in Labor Studies program, faculty, and application process, students should contact Laurie Kellogg, labor programs special assistant, at 718-440-0550 or via email at Laurie.Kellogg@slu.cuny.edu.

For questions related to academic advising, students may contact Irene Garcia-Mathes, academic advisor. She can be reached via email at Irene.Garcia-Mathes@slu.cuny.edu.

For all inquiries related to the BA in Urban and Community Studies application process, students should contact Cher Mullings, enrollment specialist. She can be reached at 212-642-2059 or via email at Cherise.Mullings@cuny.edu.

For questions related to academic advising, students may contact June Cumberbatch, senior counselor for the B.A. Urban and Community Studies program. She can be reached via email at June.Cumberbatch@slu.cuny.edu.

Yes. You will be required to attend an award ceremony in late April, a start of the term orientation, and one symposium at the start of each new term during your course of study at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Students with a permanent residence outside of New York State should contact the health insurance marketplace within the state in which they reside. All non-resident New York State award recipients should also call the NY State Official Health Plan Marketplace (855-355-5777) and visit their website.

Since each state offers a variety of healthcare plans and options and have differing requirements for eligibility, students will need to discuss their specific case with the appropriate state-affiliated healthcare advisor.

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Faculty Awards Committee is responsible for selecting recipients based on students’ academic achievement, participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience, interest in pursuing a career in the fields of labor or labor studies, and the student’s commitment to diversity.

Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than April 1st of the year the scholarship is to be awarded. Upon award, recipients will be asked to attend a virtual or in-person award ceremony in New York City to accept their awards.

The CUNY SLU bursar will credit scholarships directly to recipients’ tuition and fee liability. The CUNY SLU bursar will issue remaining awarded funds, on a pro-rated basis, based on enrollment status, as a check directly to recipients after the last day to drop classes in each of your funded semesters. View the CUNY SLU academic calendar.

Questions about your individual financial aid package should be directed to 646-313-8300.

Recipients of the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor must remain in good academic standing as defined in the CUNY SLU Student Handbook. Undergraduate recipients must maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA). Graduate recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

For further information about this scholarship program and/or for assistance in the application process, please contact Rose Imperato or Melanie Martinez, at 646-313-8514 or via email at scholarships@slu.cuny.edu.

For information about your financial aid package, direct all questions to the CUNY SLU Office of Financial Aid at FinancialAid@slu.cuny.edu.

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