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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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.

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.

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