The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies is keeping the late Player Association executive director’s legacy alive through people like recipient Sara Heydemann and the work they will continue to do on behalf of union workers.
“I still feel like I’m getting to know who Michael Weiner was and that’s been one of the best parts about getting the scholarship, learning about the person for who it is named,” Heydemann said recently.
A Montclair, N.J. native, Heydemann is a current student at Northeastern University School of Law who has previously worked for the National Guestworker Alliance of the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice as well as the Adidas Workers Union Committee, now known as the International Union League for Brand Responsibility, in Germany.
However, Heydemann was drawn to the labor movement as early as 2004 when at age 14 she became involved in demonstrations during the Republican National Convention in New York. The rallies and marches left a lasting impression.
“It was so powerful,” said Heydemann. “Everyone was wearing matching T-shirts and had matching signs and the message was so clear and really inspiring for a 14-year-old who was trying to make sense of all the different movements that I could chose from to be a part of.”
Heydemann is currently a law clerk at Cohen, Weiss and Simon, LLP in New York City and after graduation she hopes to work on the behalf of working people.
“I know that as long as I put organizing and workers’ struggles first,” began Heydemann, “I will find something really fulfilling.”
To be eligible for the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, individuals must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in accredited educational institutions in the United States or Canada and must have a demonstrated interest and aspire to a career working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.
To receive an award, eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria including a superior academic record, a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement, a strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/worker’s rights practitioner, and an excellent display of written and oral communication skills.
Preference also is given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise.
The scholarship application for the 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies will be posted in June 2015, at http://playerstrust.org/programs/michael-weiner-scholarship-labor-studies/
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