2012 BLET Scholarship Directory
CLEVELAND, February 22 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2012 BLET Scholarship Directory.
The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for each scholarship program. The BLET National Division does not maintain its own scholarship program, so interested parties are advised to contact the individual scholarship providers listed below for additional information.
Those aware of additional scholarship opportunities not included in this Directory are urged to contact the BLET Public Relations Department at: Bentley@ble-t.org.
The 2012 BLET Scholarship Directory is as follows:
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Deadline for Hoffa Scholarship is March 31
The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors. The deadline for this year’s program is March 31, 2012.
Recipients are selected by an impartial committee of university admissions and financial aid directors based on academic achievement, SAT/ACT scores, character, potential and financial need. The Teamsters consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Thirty-one of the awards total $10,000 each. These four-year scholarships are disbursed at the rate of $2,500 per year and are renewable annually.
Sixty-nine of the awards are one-time $1,000 grants. These scholarships are disbursed to the college or university at the beginning of the recipient’s freshman year.
Eligibility requirements and application procedures are the same for all awards.
All applicants must comply with the following eligibility and application criteria. Each applicant must:
1. Be the son, daughter or grandchild of an active, retired, disabled, deceased or laid-off Teamster member who has or had at least twelve months of consecutive membership in good standing in the Teamsters Union;
2. Be in his/her last year of high school and may not apply if he/she has already graduated from high school;
3. Be in the top 15% of his/her high school class;
4. Plan to submit excellent SAT or ACT scores for evaluation (U.S. only);
5. Plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university. Those who plan to attend non-academic or certificate programs or community college, may not apply.
If you need additional assistance, please contact:
James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund
25 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-8735
Due to the highly competitive nature of the program and the large number of applicants, students should visit the Teamster website and carefully consider the criteria before submitting an application.
For application forms and online assistance, please visit:
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Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship Fund (MWRCSF)
Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many people, including its Board of Directors, the Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship Foundation (MWRCSF) is able to help several children of railroaders each year with their educational expenses. Scholarships from the MWRCSF are available to children of railroads from all crafts and union affiliations
The Foundation, founded in 2004, is led by a diverse Board of Directors representing several different railroads and labor unions. The Foundation’s mission “is to collectively use the generous resources of many to ensure the further education of those blessed with knowledge, but burdened with need. In addition, we strive to unite all railroads/railroad crafts throughout the Midwest in a valiant effort to give of their time and resources so the future of our children will be bright and productive.”
The MWRCSF awards scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 and $1,000 and has helped as many as 28 students per year who are connected to the various railroad crafts and locations throughout the Midwest.
“We felt that the support we had seen, especially in the Midwest, prompted us to ensure that the children of all railroad crafts and backgrounds be rewarded,” said Greg Shy, President of MWRCSF and member of BLET Division 777 (Argentine, Kan.). “We have become incorporated in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Our objective is to concentrate the scholarship applicants geographically in correspondence to the enormous support we have had from railroad workers in these states.
“We also have enlisted the aid of rail management and all labor from Midwest railroads to ensure that all crafts are represented. This is a great opportunity for those railroad families in need of financial support for the higher education of their children.”
The vast majority of the monies acquired for these scholarships comes from annual golf tournaments, contributions and sponsorships. The Foundation sponsors an annual Kansas City Golf Tourney, which will be held this summer on the Sunday and Monday after Labor Day.
Please use the scholarship application on the MWRCSF website. Fill it out electronically, print it, attach the proper signatures and mail it to the address provided. The deadline for receiving applications is June 15, 2012.
To download a copy of the application, and for other information about the MWRCSF, please visit: http://www.mwrcsf.org
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BLET Auxiliary and International Western Convention (IWC) Scholarships
The BLET Auxiliary and International Western Convention (IWC) offers $1,000 scholarships annually to help the children of BLET and Auxiliary members realize their goals in life.
This year we have two additional scholarships to award to children of members of both the Auxiliary and BLET, the Leona A. Louis Memorial Scholarship and the John O. and Brenda Casteel Scholarship. There are two very strict guidelines that must be met in order to be eligible for Auxiliary scholarships. First, the applicant must be a son or daughter of both an Auxiliary and BLET member (living or deceased), with each being a member for two years. Second, the applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited university or college.
This year our former Canadian Sister Auxiliary 469 sponsored a $500 IWC Scholarship to help children of the BLET and Auxiliary members. In addition to its own scholarship program, the Auxiliary is administering five $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship for the International Western Convention (IWC) for the 2012 calendar year. This joint scholarship program is for children of members participating in the IWC and covers Divisions, Auxiliaries and Members-at-Large in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Auxiliary membership is not a requirement to apply for any of the above IWC scholarships. If applicants are not awarded one of these scholarships and a parent is not a member of the Auxiliary, then they are not considered eligible for any Auxiliary scholarships.
If the applicant is a graduate student or returning to school as a sophomore, junior or senior, he or she must have a 3.0 grade point average or better to be considered. The applicant must also be accepted to an accredited school. The deadline for all Auxiliary administered scholarships is April 1, 2012. Late applications will not be considered. Auxiliary application forms are online at: http://www.bletauxiliary.net, or you can link from the BLET Website under “Departments.” In addition to the application, the Auxiliary website provides scholarship applicants with more detailed instructions on the application process.
Please remember that the applicant’s parents must be members of both the BLET and Auxiliary in order to apply for one of our scholarships. If your parent belongs to the Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA), Eastern Union Meeting (EUMA) or the Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) and they are not a member of the BLET Auxiliary, you are not eligible to apply for any BLET Auxiliary scholarships. However, Auxiliary membership is not a requirement to apply for the IWC scholarships detailed above.
Mail completed forms to: Linda D. Maher, National Secretary, 84-688 Ala Mahiku Street #161A, Waianae, Hawaii 96792. For details or clarification of eligibility, email Sister Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA)
The Eastern Union Meeting Association awards several scholarships each year, ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,000, including memorial scholarships honoring the memories and accomplishments of Brothers Robert F. Donoghue, Robert W. Godwin and Robert T. Pentland. The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and financial need. Only children of BLET members (living or deceased) belonging to divisions participating in the EUMA are eligible to apply. Division must be square on the books for the child to qualify. States represented in EUMA are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.
The 2012 EUMA deadline is July 2, 2012. Send completed applications to:
Jim Louis, EUMA Vice Chairman
Conrail SAA/CSXT Northern District, GCA
1807 Elmwood Ave., Suite #179
Buffalo, NY 14207
For more details, contact Brother Louis at: (716) 876-2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are available on the BLET website:
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Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM)
The Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) awards approximately two dozen scholarships annually based on academic achievement and financial need.
Applicants must be the child of an active, retired or deceased BLET member whose division belongs to the Southwestern Convention Meeting. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college, university or institution of higher learning. Only divisions belonging to the SWCM are eligible.
SWCM application forms can be filled out on your computer screen with the interactive PDF form available on the BLET website. Deadline is August 1, 2012. The 2012 convention begins on September 9. Divisions must have paid their annual SWCM convention dues for applicants from their Division to be eligible.
Click here to download interactive PDF application form:
Click here for application instructions:
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Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA)
The Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) Scholarship Committee awards the Geiger-Brendle Scholarships each year to the children of active or retired BLET members whose divisions participate in the SMA.
Please check with your division secretary-treasurer to ensure that your division participates. In general, the SMA includes divisions located in states east of the Mississippi River, and south of the Ohio River and the Mason-Dixon Line. Also, Divisions must be current with their SMA dues in order for the applicant to be eligible.
No fax or electronic copies accepted.
The SMA scholarship application deadline varies from year to year, and winners are usually selected and announced at the SMA’s annual business meeting held during the convention. This year’s SMA will be June 24-29. Please see your division officers for an application or for more details. Deadline this year is June 15, 2012. Application forms are available here:
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California State Legislative Board
The BLET’s CSLB will again be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will attend college/ trade/ vocational school in 2012. Applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member in good standing in a BLET division represented by CSLB.
Last year, the Board awarded one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships. Applications and deadline information are available on the Board’s website: www.calslb.net/2012_Scholarship.html
All applications should be mailed to the CSLB home office address:
California State Legislative Board, BLET/IBT
610 Auburn Ravine Rd., Suite C
Auburn, CA 95603
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BLET Division 269
BLET Division 269 (Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.) offers two $500 scholarships to the children of BLET members who are already enrolled in college. Participation is limited to members of Division 269 only.
Winners are picked at random at the division’s Christmas party. For details, watch your Division 269 newsletter or contact Division President John A. Kavanaugh Jr. at (631) 813-2234.
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BR&CF Scholarship Program
The Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) is pleased to provide opportunities for the sons and daughters of BR&CF members to participate in the Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program.
Children, including adopted and step-children, of BR&CF members who are in "Good and Regular Standing." Applicants must be 27 years of age or younger. Applicants may be current high school students who have applied for admission as full-time students in accredited post-secondary schools or may be attending or enrolled as full-time students in accredited post-secondary schools.
International President J.M. Robb advises that 20 scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded every year.
BR&CF members with questions may contact Linda Garber at (800) 233-7080. Members may obtain an application form by calling or writing to 2150 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or emailing email@example.com. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2012.
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Our Brothers Keeper Foundation (OBKF)
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a new scholarship opportunity is available to family members of seriously injured railroad workers from the Our Brothers Keeper Foundation (OBKF).
OBKF is planning to award four $1,000 scholarships in 2012 to family members of seriously injured railroad workers. One winner will be awarded a scholarship from each of the four geographic regions represented by the BLET regional meetings — Eastern Union Meeting Association, Southeastern Meeting Association, International Western Convention, and Southwestern Convention Meeting.
OBKF is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides consultation, referral and financial assistance to aid employees of the railroad industry and their families in times of hardship arising from accidents and injuries that occur within the scope of the worker’s railroad employment.
In 2006, Class I railroads reported almost 300 Category I & II casualties. These are on-the-job deaths or injuries so serious that they frequently result in permanent disabilities to railroad workers. These workers and their families are often left without the resources needed to cover everyday living expenses, much less provide tuition for family members who need, or would like, to further their education. OBKF is hoping to assist these families realize the goal of achieving higher education.
In terms of basic eligibility requirements, applicants must:
• Be a spouse, daughter or son of a seriously injured railroad worker;
• Complete all sections of the application form and mail it to the designated address, no less than thirty (30) days prior to starting date for the BLET Regional Meeting territory in which the injured worker is employed; and
• Provide all supporting documents required by the application form, including proof of enrollment in an accredited college, technical, or trade school.
Additional information is provided on the application form, which is available on the BLET’s web site.
The deadline for each scholarship is 30 days prior to the start of the BLET regional meetings:
• Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) begins June 24, and the OBKF deadline is May 24;
• International Western Convention (IWC) begins July 29, and the OBKF deadline is June 29;
• Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA) begins August 19, and the OBKF deadline is July 19; and
• Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) begins September 9, and the OBKF deadline is August 9.
Since the majority of the support for OBKF’s outreach efforts currently comes from engineers and train service employees, family members of these crafts will be given preference. All scholarship applications will be carefully reviewed. Scholarship awards are to be based on need and fulfillment of applicant requirements.
A copy of the OBKF application form is available here:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012