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Providing support to the next generation of worker advocates in honor of the MLBPA’s late Executive Director

Congratulations to the 2023 Recipients!

The Major League Baseball Players Trust announced five recipients of the 2023 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, marking the ninth year it has provided support to aspiring worker advocates in the name of the former MLBPA executive director. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Players Trust to assist in academic costs for the 2023-2024 school year. 


The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies program launched in July 2014 to commemorate the life and work of Weiner by recognizing and supporting the efforts of people dedicated to improving the lives of workers – characteristics that were embodied by Weiner in his personal life, his studies and throughout his 25-year career with the Players Association. 

To date, the Players Trust has distributed $450,000 in scholarships to future labor leaders through the program. 


The Players Trust also provides support, resources, and networking opportunities to alumni of the scholarship program as they continue to move forward in their educational and vocational journeys. 

About Michael Weiner

Michael Weiner spent 25 years, nearly his entire professional career, with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) working in support of Players –past, present, and future. Despite being diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012, Michael continued working on behalf of the players until passing in November 2013, at the age of 51. 


By nearly every conceivable measure, baseball players are better off today than they were when Michael first walked into the MLBPA offices in 1988. Michael fundamentally believed that workers –in all facets – deserved a voice on the job. Michael was widely respected for his love for family, infectious personality, and his brilliance. The MLBPA and the players want him to be remembered as a champion for all workers seeking an opportunity to better their lives. 

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