William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship
The William B. Ruggles Right to Work Scholarship honors the esteemed Texas journalist who coined the phrase “Right to Work” and contributed greatly to the movement’s advancement. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the student who exemplifies the dedication to principle and high journalistic standards of the late Mr. Ruggles.
- Student writes essay.
- Student completes application.
- Student submits application.
- Institute staff choose top essays and forward them to the Selection Review Committee members.
- Selection Review Committee members review blind essays re: If any personally identifying information is included in the essay, it will be redacted before submitting it to the Selection Review Committee.
- Institute Board receives the nominees as chosen by Selection Review Committee.
- Institute Board votes to either approve, make different selections, or not to award any scholarship
- Winner announced and notified by Institute.
WHO MAY APPLY?
Applicants are limited to students attending (or accepted for Fall enrollment) undergraduate or graduate institutions of higher learning throughout the United States.
(Officers, directors, and employees of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the National Right to Work Committee, Members of the Selection Review Committee, and their families are not eligible.)
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The scholarship is awarded based on scholastic ability and a demonstrated interest in the National Institute of Labor Relations Research Institute’s work.
- Demonstrate potential for the successful completion of the educational requirements in an accredited college journalism program by submitting a transcript or copy of acceptance letter from the school you are or will attend; and, or demonstrate journalistic skills by actual journalistic works including social media;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of voluntary unionism and the economic and social problems of compulsory unionism by submitting an essay of approximately 500 words.
After an initial review of the applications by Institute staff, a Selection Review Committee of three or more independent educators and representatives of the Institute will review the essays, then submit a ranked recommendation of no more than three essays to the Institute’s Board of Directors.
At the National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s annual meeting (typically held in April), the Board will consider the recommendations of the Selection Review Committee and Institute staff before making its final decision.
However, should the Board conclude that no applicant meets all the criteria, then no recipient will be selected and no scholarship will be awarded.
The awarded scholarship will be paid directly to the institution of higher learning at which the award recipient attends. The recipient must provide a copy of their transcript from that institution at the end of the academic year.
The application consists of three parts:
Part 1. Create a wonderfully inspired typewritten essay of 500-700 words clearly demonstrating an interest in, and knowledge of, the Right to Work principle as it applies to educators
Part 2. Obtain a copy of your transcript for submission to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research or have your school send it to the Institute on your behalf.
Part 3. Complete the formal online application below and attach your essay (and transcript if available) with your online submission.
However, if for some reason you are unable to complete the online application and attach your essay and transcript; you may print the online application and mail it along with your essay to the address below.
Below is the submission schedule:
- Online applications must be received from September 1st through January 31st.
- If mailed, all application submissions must be postmarked from September 1st through January 31st and received no later than February 10th. (For example, received in NILRR mailroom between September 1st, 2021 and February 10th, 2022.)
We prefer that you use the William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship ONLINE APPLICATION below. It is your responsibility to confirm that we received your entire application regardless of your application transmission method of choice. The online application generates and sends an email notice of submission receipt.
ALL MAILED APPLICATIONS AND TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO:
William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship
National Institute for Labor Relations Research
5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 510 Springfield, VA 22151
Questions? Call: (703) 321-9606 and ask for help with the William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship application.