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William Lucy Labor Scholarship to the Harvard Trade Union Program

The Harvard Trade Union Program (HTUP) is a five-week leadership program designed to provide experienced 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 program is conducted at the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is organized around the theme “Preparing Leadership for the Challenges of the Future.”

The program is designed for full-time AFSCME staff or senior leaders at the council or major affiliate level who are planning to devote their careers to the trade union movement. Harvard will select participants based on experience in the labor movement, the capacity to develop strong leadership skills, and the ability to handle a rigorous educational program.

The William Lucy Labor Scholarship is an annual scholarship covering tuition and housing costs to enable an AFSCME leader to attend the Harvard Trade Union Program. This will include tuition, housing at Harvard, an allowance for meals and books of $1,500 and round-trip transportation to Cambridge. Incidentals such as recreation, laundry and similar items will be the responsibility of the participant. 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 legacy 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 in the fall of each year.

Applications must include the following:

  • HTUP Application Form (AFSCME version)
  • 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 member leaders interested in the program should contact the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program to request an application form:

Harvard Trade Union Program
Phone: 617-495-9265

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