William B Ruggles Right To Work Scholarship

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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.

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.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented


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: 

William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship
National Institute for Labor Relations Research
5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 510 Springfield, VA 22151

Contact Information

Questions? Call: (703) 321-9606 and ask for help with the William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship application.