School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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248 370 3050

Ken Morris

Ken Morris, Trustee Emeritus

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

Application Deadline
February 9, 2018

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

Scholarship Recipients

2017  Felita Johnson 
          Michelle Harrington 
          Lauren Marsack 
2016  KimberLea Reid  
2015  KimberLea Reid
          Robert Swartz
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

Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work Scholarship

Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work Scholarship

Trustee Emeritus Ken Morris worked directly with Oakland University’s founder, Matilda Dodge Wilson, to launch OU and became a charter member of OU’s Board of Trustees. He is one of the longest-serving members, sitting on the board from 1971–1991.

Morris was instrumental in the development of the Labor Education Program at OU, which operated to develop future leaders focused on the labor movement throughout practical experience and theory. The Labor Education Program became an established center in 1983 and was named for Morris upon his retirement as Director of Region 1B of the UAW. Today, the Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work continues to focus on the changing nature of work and the relationship between work and society.

Morris’ diligent efforts to raise funds for the Center through an annual golf outing — as well as through his own personal giving — has resulted in the largest SEHS endowment to date. The endowment supports the Center, the Labor Relations Program and scholarships for students studying labor relations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • declared minor of Labor and Employment Studies
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 12 credit hours still to be completed before graduation
  • nominated by two active labor union members 
  • an essay of 500–750 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

Award Information:

The Ken Morris Center for the Study of Labor and Work Scholarship is a $5,000 (amount may vary) award. Students can reapply for this scholarship in future years.

Note: Students must meet Oakland University Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress and be enrolled in OU courses to receive the Ken Morris Scholarship.

Morris Scholarship Award Winner

2017 scholarship recipients Felita Johnson, Michelle Harrington and Lauren Marsack with Bob Morris and Associate Dean Michael MacDonald

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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.