Gural Scholars Program

  • Program Description

    The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program is a selective four-year scholarship program for students at Eugene Lang College. The program provides need-based scholarships each year from orientation to graduation for up to 12 Lang students for four incoming first-year classes. The last cohort was admitted in fall 2016. This program is housed within Lang's Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice. 

    In addition to receiving a supplemental scholarship for all four years, Scholars bring theory to practice through a year-long two-credit course that culminates in a community-based final project that is shared with the New School community. The 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 justice issues within the United States.
    • During junior year, the scope of the project expands to include an international trip: With the sponsorship of the program, Gural Scholars travel outside of the United States to undertake a project and/or field-based work in another country.
    • 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.

    The Gural Scholars program is more than a scholarship — it is a four-year commitment to developing work and identity as social justice scholars and activists. 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 a community with one another and outside of The New School through critical reflection, ethical engagement, and activism. The program connects them with Lang faculty and staff through one-on-one advising, monthly gatherings, annual program retreats, and events on and off campus.

    At this time, the application process for a Gural Scholarship is being reconsidered. 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.

    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.