Trustee Emeritus Ken Morris worked directly with Matilda Dodge Wilson, the founder of Oakland University, to launch OU. He became a charter member of the Oakland University Board of Trustees, and has been one of the longest-serving members, sitting on the board for 20 years from 1971 through 1991.
Mr. Morris was instrumental in the development of the labor education program at Oakland University. Part of the Human Resource Development department, the center was established in 1972 as a Labor Education Program to develop future leaders with practical experience and theory focused on the labor movement. In 1983, the center was renamed the Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work, when he retired as the Director of Region 1B of the UAW. Mr. Morris' diligent efforts to raise funds for the center through an annual golf outing, as well as personal giving, has resulted in the largest endowment in the SEHS to date. The endowment supports the center and the labor relations program, as well as scholarships for students studying labor relations.
In order to qualify for the $5,000 (amount may vary) award, eligible students have . . .
- Labor and Employment Studies declared as your minor
- Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
- Have at least 12 credit hours remaining to be completed before graduation
- Be nominated by two active labor union members using the nomination form
- An essay of between 500 and 750 words describing your career goals and/or accomplishments as they relate to the study of labor and work and facilitation of the success of the American worker.
: Students must meet Oakland University Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress
and be enrolled in OU courses for the semester(s) in order to receive the Ken Morris Scholarship.
As many as two awards will be given per semester. Recipients can reapply for the Ken Morris Scholarship in future years.
2013 Ken Morris recipients Adam Dyson, Joseph Lambert, KimberLea Reid with Mr. Robert Morris and Interim Dean Bob Maxfield
If you would like to help the Ken Morris Scholarship grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 370-4233.