Scholarships

Scholarships Available for the Fall 2020 Semester

Online applications are open through October 4, 2020 to be considered for any of the available fall semester scholarships or fellowships listed below. Please email scholarships@smlr.rutgers.edu if you have any questions or encounter difficulty with the application.

*Limited funding available*

Bernard Goldstein and Coralie Farlee Student Support Fund

The essence of this Fund is to further the recipient's understanding of the process and practice of unionization in the U.S. Interest areas include but are not limited to: employment law, conflict resolution, negotiation, collective bargaining, grievance processes, arbitration, minorities, women, immigration issues and work, work and social change, public sector vs. corporate ownership, and the role of media regarding union activities and status. This fund may be used to:

  • Sponsor field work or an internship for an undergraduate or graduate student with a stipend to support students pursuing an unpaid internship or pre-professional staff position at a labor union, central labor council, national union coordinating body, labor attorney firm, or related area or field; or
  • Provide scholarship to a master’s candidate pursuing a labor relations related major within the LSER Department or as tuition support for course credit in the master’s level or above; or
  • Support research in related areas; or
  • Support individuals pursuing union related training opportunities offered at Rutgers SMLR.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Internship Support
  • LSER Students
  • Other: Furthering understanding of the process and practice of unionization in the U.S

Ann and Martin Finegold Endowed Scholarship

Ann and Martin Finegold were lifelong learners who sacrificed their own formal education and careers when they came to the U.S. to insure that their children and grandchildren could take full advantage of the educational opportunities available. This scholarship is intended to assist recent immigrants or their children to complete their degrees at SMLR.

Scholarships are to be awarded to full-time graduate or undergraduate students who are recent immigrants or children of immigrants in order to complete their degrees at SMLR. The award will be based on academic merit as determined by University rules in effect on the date of the award.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Students
  • HRM Students
  • Other: Recent immigrants or children of immigrants; full-time student

Labor Studies Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the Labor Studies and Employment Relations program based on academic need and merit as determined by the program director.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Students with financial need
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Students

Herbert A. Levine Trade Union Education Fund

The founding committee members of the Levine Trade Union Education Fund coordinated funding activities to support projects which will perpetuate Herbert A. Levine’s name and memory. These projects have included, but are not limited to: a Herbert Levine Summer School for Workers, a Distinguished Lecture Series, and sponsorship of various programs and scholarships for the unionists and students in labor studies.

This fund provides scholarships for students involved with unions and enrolled in labor studies at Rutgers.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • LSER Students
  • Other: Students involved with unions and enrolled in labor studies at Rutgers

Alfred and Eleanor Loewenthal Memorial Fund

This endowed fund has been established to provide financial assistance to a college graduate for the purpose of obtaining an advanced degree and to encourage the study of workers and their labor organizations. An award will be made annually to a new student enrolling in the MLER program offered at Rutgers SMLR.

Awards are given to new, full-time students (taking 9-12 credits in a semester) in the MLER program who possess a Rutgers undergraduate degree in labor studies.  A student with an undergraduate degree in another area of study or from another institution must demonstrate substantial experience within a labor union to be eligible for an award.  Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need. Students employed in a managerial position (outside of one in a labor organization) are ineligible.

Intended for:

  • Graduate students
  • Students with financial need
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Students
  • Other: New full-time MLER student who possesses a Rutgers BSLER or BALSER; must have substantial experience within a labor union if undergraduate degree is in another area of study or from another institution

Martin Gerber Endowed Student Support Fund

The essence of this award is to fund educational and hands-on opportunities for students who are active and passionate about labor-related and socially progressive issues, who may otherwise be restricted from participating in such opportunities because of financial need.

Student awards are to be given to undergraduate students affiliated with the LSER Department. The award will be based on (1) financial need and (2) past, current, or future participation in a labor-related or socially progressive internship or applied field experience. A preference will be given to students in their second year. Non-traditional students are eligible for this award. Relevant internship or applied field experiences will be evaluated and approved by the program administrator.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Students with financial need
  • Internship Support
  • LSER Students
  • Other: Past, current, or future participation in a labor-related or socially progressive internship or applied field experience; preference given to students in their second year; non-traditional students are eligible

Natalie Woerthmann Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this fund is to establish a scholarship based on the criteria set forth below in memory of Natalie Woerthmann, Director of Human Resources at Publicis Health who passed away in 2017. Natalie was a passionate supporter of the practice of human resource management, with a deep connection to Rutgers SMLR. She actively attended its career fairs and advocated for its students. This scholarship celebrates Natalie’s purpose for inspiring and educating the next generation of HR leaders and also affirms Publicis Health’s dedication and appreciation for human resources personnel as business partners.

Qualified students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate sophomores or juniors in the HRM Department of SMLR with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Contingent upon COVID circumstances, recipients will qualify to be first priority among candidates for student programming at Publicis Health. Awards are not renewable. A demonstrated interest in the health field would be appreciated but is not a requirement for consideration.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Merit-based awards
  • HRM Students
  • Other: Sophomores and juniors

Pamela Sue Schmidt Student Award for Outstanding Service to the Community

Pamela Sue Schmidt was a bright and energetic undergraduate at the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) whose life was tragically cut short on March 13, 2011 at the age of just 22. Pamela was set to graduate that May with a joint B.A. in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and Psychology. She was very excited to have been accepted into the School's top-ranked MHRM program. In her brief life, Pamela touched the lives of hundreds of people, always seeking ways to bring together family and friends and to assist others in need; she took particular joy in finding scholarships to help fellow students.  SMLR proudly established the Pamela Sue Schmidt Student Award for Outstanding Service to the Community to recognize and remember Pamela's legacy.

This award is given annually to the SMLR undergraduate who has had the most positive impact on the community either within the School, across Rutgers, or outside the University, so that they may continue their studies at SMLR.  Scholarships are open to full-time or part-time undergraduate students enrolled in SMLR.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • LSER Students
  • HRM Students
  • Other: Student who has had a positive impact on the community within SMLR, across Rutgers, or outside the University

Paul B.J. Chu Scholarship

The Paul B.J. Chu Scholarship is intended to provide scholarship or internship support for an excellent student enrolled in labor studies.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Merit-based awards
  • Internship Support
  • LSER Students

Professor Dick Beatty Endowed Fellowship

Professor Dick Beatty is an esteemed professor and scholar in the field of Human Resource Management, and prior to his retirement was on the faculty of SMLR for many years. In honor of his commitment to SMLR and upon his 25-year tenure with the school, Biogen IDEC, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp., Ms. Michele Bolden, the Ingersol Rand Foundation, and the Lockheed Martin Foundation created an endowed fellowship that celebrates the contributions Professor Beatty has made to educating leaders in the field of Human Resource Management, building effective organizations and creating value in HR.

Fellowships will be awarded to full time undergraduate, masters, PhD, or postdoctoral students on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated interest in obtaining a global human resource management experience, whether in the U.S. or abroad. Fellowships may be used for domestic study or domestic or international internship experiences, as recommended by the faculty committee.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Merit-based awards
  • HRM Students
  • Other: Demonstrated interest in obtaining a global human resource management experience

Sam Kinsora Memorial Labor Studies Scholarship

Established by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1262 in honor of Samuel Kinsora, its former president, this fund provides annual scholarship support for labor studies graduate students at Rutgers SMLR.

To qualify students must be enrolled at the University, pursuing a graduate degree in labor studies and show scholastic aptitude and need.

Intended for:

  • Graduate students
  • Students with financial need
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Student

School of Management and Labor Relations Alumni Association Fellowship

This annual fellowship is established by the SMLR Alumni Association to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in SMLR graduate programs at Rutgers.

Fellowships are to be awarded to students admitted to a SMLR master's and/or Ph.D. program based on demonstrated academic excellence as determined by the program administrator.

Intended for: 

  • Graduate students
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Students
  • HRM Students

SMLR Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

The endowed scholarship will honor the commitment of SMLR alumni to raise the profile of SMLR and support current students. The scholarship also acknowledges that SMLR Alumni recognize the School as a center of excellence in human resource management as well as labor studies and employment relations education.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to full-time graduate and/or undergraduate students enrolled in SMLR based on academic merit.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Students
  • HRM Students

SMLR Student Support Fund - General

This is a general support fund for all SMLR students.

Intended for:

  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Students with financial need
  • Merit-based awards
  • LSER Students
  • HRM Students

Dr. Harry F. and Vera K. Stark Endowed International Student Support Fund

Mary Stark Botteon, together with her parents' close friends and colleagues, created this student support fund to honor the legacy of the late Professor Harry F. Stark and his wife Vera K. Stark. Harry and Vera each had a very pronounced impact in shaping the Institute of Management and Labor Relations (precursor to SMLR) when it was created in 1947, as two of its original core employees. Vera, as public program coordinator, was the first professional woman employed in the Institute; Harry, with a Ph.D. in Economics, specialized in labor education and labor relations in addition to human resource management. The Starks had particular interest in making international graduate students feel personally welcome and were committed to providing many opportunities to enhance the cultural and educational experience of students far from their homes around the globe. This endowment was created in the Starks’ honor and with the intention to continue to provide these cultural and educational opportunities to graduate students enrolled in a SMLR program.

This award will be used to support international students enrolled in a SMLR graduate program in either the HRM Department or the LSER Department. Students must be enrolled in a master's, Ph.D., or post-doctoral program. Awards are to be given at the discretion of the program administrator to foster hands-on experience for international students. This fund will further opportunities for students to gain exposure to U.S. culture, values and educational experiences in labor relations and human resource management.  Such experiences include, but are not limited to US travel, internship stipends, or other stipends that the program administrator deems appropriate related to the donors’ intent.  This scholarship includes matching funds from The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA).

Intended for:

  • Graduate students
  • Internship Support
  • LSER Students
  • HRM Students
  • Other: International students enrolled in a SMLR graduate program