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William Lucy Labor Scholarship Fund

The Harvard Trade Union Program (HTUP) is a six-week executive program designed to provide labor leaders with outstanding education and training in the political, economic, and organizational challenges confronting labor unions.  Founded in 1942, the HTUP has counted among its faculty former U.S. Cabinet officials, preeminent public intellectuals, and leading practitioners of labor law and economics.

The William Lucy Labor Scholarship is an annual scholarship grant covering tuition and housing costs to enable a rank and file AFSCME leader to attend the Harvard Trade Union Program.  The scholarship seeks applicants with a commitment to William Lucy’s mission of connecting labor issues and civil rights reflected in his work as founding president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, as well as to his heritage of international labor solidarity as founder of the Free South Africa Movement. 

The scholarship will be administered by the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, as part of the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund.  The deadline for submitting a completed application is November 15. Applicants may apply and the first winner will be announced in December for the HTUP.

Applications must include the following:

  • HTUP Application Form
  • Statement of purpose for why you seek to attend the Harvard Trade Union Program (approximately 500 words)
  • A short statement on your commitment to the work of William Lucy on such issues as civil rights and international labor solidarity  (approximately 300 words)

AFSCME staff and members interested in the program should write or telephone to request an application form from:

Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Harvard Trade Union Program
125 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-9265

Applications can also be requested via e-mail The program website:

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