The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program (“Gural Scholars”) is a selective four-year scholarship program for students at Eugene Lang College. This program provides need-based scholarships each year from orientation to graduation, for up to 12 Lang students with strong academic merit, and a commitment to social justice learning and activism.
The program is a four-year commitment to developing work and identity as a social justice scholar and activist. Scholars think critically about their personal relationships to power and privilege, and about how to challenge structural inequities and dismantle systems of oppression. They build community with each other and those outside of The New School through critical reflection, ethical engagement, and activism.
If you are a current Lang student interested in getting involved with Gural Scholars, we invite you to participate in the Skill-building for Social Justice workshop series, a component of the program.
Students receiving this scholarship are required to take a year-long two credit course for all four years, working closely with the same cohort from first year through graduation. In each year, Scholars organize community-based action projects that connect social justice theory to practice and engage students, staff, and faculty at Lang and beyond. During their time at Lang, Scholars are supported and expected to participate in a study abroad experience, emphasizing the program’s commitment to an international approach in social justice movement-building. The four years culminate in a capstone group “legacy” project that is shared with The New School community and represents their learning and impact in the program.
Aside from the required coursework, Gural Scholars connect with Lang faculty and CESJ staff through one-on-one advising, with other Scholars during program community-building meetings, and with students from across The New School through skill-building workshops that enable them to learn from social justice activists, organizers, and practitioners from across New York City.