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Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work Scholarship

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.

Award Information

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.
Note: 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

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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 or (248) 370-4233. 

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nomination form

To request a paper application, email or contact the Organizational Leadership department at (248) 370-3124. 

Application Deadline
February 6, 2015

Applicants are notified at the end of term prior to term in which award is to be used.

For further information, contact:

Professor Michael P. Long
The Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work
495A Pawley Hall
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-3124

2014 Adam Dyson
2013 Adam Dyson
Joseph Lambert
KimberLea Reid
Jillian Tillman
2012 Tina Beaudry
Lynette Fennig
Elizabeth Nastovski
Avery Randall
2010 Corey Tucker
2009 Nicole Delly
Mark Kowalczyk
Jane Owen
Catherine Smith
Corey Tucker
2008 Crystal Aesy
Janine DeWitte
2007 Dawn Banach
2004 Joan Pulford
2002 Jenetta Polk