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Kaplan in Yakima WA, 2020, supporting Familias Unidas for la Justicia, an independent farmworker union.

University of Washington law student Thomas Kaplan is the 2020 scholarship recipient of the Northwest Chapter of LERA scholarship. Kaplan will receive a $1,000 award to support his pursuit of a profession in labor and/or labor management.

Entering his second year of law school, Kaplan is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. His application spoke to a strong commitment to supporting labor rights as well as his experiences working with farmworkers and interning as an advocate for economic justice.

The Northwest Chapter of LERA annually funds a scholarship for a student, graduate or undergraduate,  who is committed to pursuing a profession in labor and/or labor management at the University of Washington.

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The scholarship is offered in support of LERA’s commitment to the following:

  • Encouraging research in all aspects of the field of labor studies — social, political, economic, legal and psychological — including employer and employee organizations, labor relations, personnel administration, social security and labor associations.
  • Promoting full discussion and exchange of ideas regarding the planning and conduct of research in this field.
  • Disseminating the significant results of such research.
  • Improving the materials and methods of instruction in the field of labor studies.

Applications for the 2021-22 award will be accepted until April 12, 2021. Visit for more information and application materials.

Congratulations, Thomas!