William B. Ruggles Journalist 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.


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.


The scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholastic ability and a demonstrated interest in the work of the Institute.  Applicants must also:

  1. Demonstrate potential for the successful completion of the educational requirements in an accredited journalism program by submitting a transcript or copy of acceptance letter from the school you are or will attend;
  2. 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 applicants by Institute staff, a Selection Review Committee of three or more independent reviewers and representatives of the Institute will review the essays and
recommend the first, second and third-best essays to the Institute’s Board of Directors. At its annual meeting in April, the Board will consider the recommendations of the Selection committee and Institute staff and then make its final decision. If, in the opinion of the Board, no applicant meets all the criteria, a recipient will not be selected.

The scholarship will be paid to the institution of higher learning which the recipient plans to attend, and the recipient will be required to provide a copy of his/her transcript from that institution at the end of the academic year.


A total application consists of three parts:

  1. A completed formal application;
    A copy of the most up-to-date transcript of grades;
    A typewritten essay of approximately 500 words clearly demonstrating an interest in, and knowledge of, the Right to Work principle.

Applications must be received between October 1 and December 31.

All submissions must be postmarked by December 31.

Future Teachers Scholarships
National Institute for Labor Relations Research
5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 510 Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 321-9606 research@www.nilrr.org

or, use the online application below

Online Application

Enter your full name
Date of Birth: (Month/Day/Year) ##/##/####
Enter your preferred e-mail address
Reference #1 – Name, Address, Phone, and E-mail
Reference #2 – Name, Address, Phone, and E-mail
If you have explanatory notes that you would like to provide regarding any of your responses, please provide them here.

Attach your essay either as an Adobe .pdf or a Word .doc or .docx file
(Enter Full Name) I certify that the information provided on this application and all supplemental forms is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that if I am chosen as a scholarship recipient, I will use those funds only for expenses related to my education in an institution of higher learning in the United States, and I will provide a transcript at the end of the school year for which the scholarship will apply.



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