The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program is a highly selective four-year research/service program for students at Eugene Lang College. In addition to their normal financial aid awards, Gural Scholars receive a tuition scholarships for all four years at Lang plus the possibility of additional funding each year for group research projects and extra-curricular activities that promote community among the scholars. The program unfolds as follows:
- During freshman year, each Gural Scholar works closely with a faculty advisor on a field-based community project that addresses a social justice issue in New York City.
- As sophomores, the scholars design and implement more extensive projects that address a social justice issue of national scope within the United States.
- During junior year, the scope of the project is extended to include an international component; sponsored by the program, Gural Scholars travel to a foreign country to undertake a research or service project.
- As seniors, Gural Scholars complete both individual senior capstone projects in their majors and a group project that represents the legacy of their class to The New School.
Individual and group projects and participant communities are identified and developed through consensus, with guidance from a faculty advisor, so that each class of Gural Scholars has genuine ownership of their work throughout their undergraduate education. Gural Scholars are invited to present their work in public lectures, seminars, and cultural events.
How to Apply
Submit the standard online application for admission to Eugene Lang College as a first-year student. At the same time, submit the supplemental essay for the Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program (described below) and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for a Gural scholarship, an applicant must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and community engagement, and financial need. The program is highly competitive, but all prospective students who think they can satisfy the criteria mentioned should apply. For more information, email one of the program co-directors, Judy Pryor-Ramirez.
Gural Scholars Supplemental Essay: Using the following quotation from Pedagogies of Crossing as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your core values or changed the way you approach the world.
We are committed to paying close attention to the histories within our personal and institutional lives, and to struggling together around their effects.
— M. Jacqui Alexander, former Eugene Lang College professor
Be sure to include your name and New School ID (N + 8 digits that appears on your online application form) as a header on your essay. If you are applying for admission in fall 2014, email your essay no later than February 15, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey R. Gural
Jeff Gural, the chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, is a highly respected community leader in New York City. His deep commitment to civic philanthropy is evidenced by the numerous initiatives and organizations that he and his family support. He is a longtime trustee of The New School and a member of the Eugene Lang College board of governors. Mr. Gural’s service and support has had a transformative impact on Lang’s civic engagement programs and the educational experiences of many students.
Jeff Gural also serves on the boards of directors of many businesses and charitable institutions. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering. He resides with his wife in New York City. They have three children and five grandchildren.