The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program provides up to ten Lang students with $5,000 each year for four years. From orientation to graduation, Scholar cohorts work together to
- Bring theory to practice through year-long courses focused on social justice issues.
- Build a community with one another and outside of The New School through critical reflection and ethical engagement and activism
- Connect with Lang faculty and staff through one-on-one advising, monthly gatherings, annual program retreats, and events on and off campus
The four-year program's curriculum unfolds as follows:
- First-year Gural Scholars work closely with the faculty director 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 examine and respond to social justices within the United States.
- During junior year, the scope of the project expands to include an international trip: Sponsored by the program, Gural Scholars travel outside of the United States to undertake a project and/or field-based work.
- As seniors, Gural Scholars complete individual senior capstone projects and a group project that represents the legacy of their class cohort to The New School.
Incoming first-year students are nominated for the Gural Scholars program by Lang admission counselors. There is no separate application process for this scholarship program. For more information, email faculty director Judy Pryor-Ramirez.
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.