Diversity Scholarship

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

Why the Diversity Scholarship?

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, does not adequately reflect these changing demographics. The field of labor studies reflects a similar imbalance in representation.

In supporting students committed to diversity and excellence, the scholarship program seeks to make a significant contribution toward redressing existing imbalances in these fields.

About the Scholarship

In 2013, then-Chancellor of The City University of New York, Matthew Goldstein, announced the creation of a new challenge-grant scholarship for students entering the labor studies programs at the Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. This multi-year commitment will provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Murphy Institute's labor studies degree programs. The scholarship program and the Institute are named after a former Chancellor of the City University of New York, Joseph S. Murphy.

Scholarship Application

The Scholarship application is available to both current students at the Murphy Institute at CUNY SPS and other applicants currently not enrolled at CUNY SPS.

To be eligible for this scholarship, admission to the CUNY School of Professional Studies is required prior to scholarship application.

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship awards two-year scholarships of up to $30,000 (graduate students) and up to $20,000 (undergraduate students), pro-rated on the basis of enrollment status.  This scholarship is open to students applying to the MA in Labor Studies program or the BA in Urban and Community Studies program with a concentration in labor studies.  To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned 60 or more credits at a prior college with at least a 2.5 GPA, and 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 Murphy Scholarship Coordinator Janet Leslie at Janet.Leslie@cuny.edu.

The application submission deadline for the scholarship is March 20, 2018, 11:59 pm.

Learn more by reading the frequently asked questions regarding the scholarship, the application, and the Murphy Institute labor studies programs. 

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