Deadlines approach for BLE scholarships

CLEVELAND, February 16 -- Dependents of BLE members are eligible for various scholarships and financial aid, and application deadlines are swiftly approaching for the 2001-2002 school year. What follows is a list of three scholarship opportunities with deadlines in the next several weeks.

Railroad Crafts Scholarship Foundation

The Railroad Crafts Scholarship Foundation was established in 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide financial aid to children of active, retired, or deceased railroad employees who would be unable to attend college without financial assistance. Eligibility for scholarships is limited to children of railroad employees who are represented by a railway labor organization or were represented by a railway labor organization when they left active employment.

Funding for this Scholarship Foundation has come primarily from events associated with golf tournaments held in Fort Worth and other locations around the U.S. While this Scholarship Foundation was started in Fort Worth, the intent is to expand into other states. Fund raising events or contributions to support the Foundation, as well as scholarship applications from students in other states, are encouraged. Interested parties should contact one of the following to obtain more information about fund raising activities or scholarship applications:

    John Mullen
    509 S.W. Wilshire, Suite D
    Burleson, Texas 76028

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Railroad Crafts Scholarship Foundation's Board of Directors at their annual meeting held in May of each year. Scholarship applications for the 2001/2002 school year must be received by April 1, 2001. Last year, the Foundation awarded 26 $1,000 scholarships to deserving dependents of railway workers.

Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund

The Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund sponsors the Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program. Applications are available only to the children, stepchildren and adopted children, age 27 and younger, of active BR&CF members who are in "Good and Regular Standing," as defined by the BR&CF Constitution.

Financial aid is provided to winners of the Luther G. Smith Scholarships for so long as they maintain continuous post-secondary education at an academic level of not less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent, until they achieve the degree level sought at the time of the initial scholarship award. Aid is provided to awardees for the period in which they would normally be expected to complete their degree, not to exceed four years.

The deadline for receipt of applications and the required documentation is March 1, 2001.

If you have any questions, please contact Norann Kauffman of the BR&CF at (800) 233-7080. For more details, you can visit the BR&CF website at, or write:

    Brotherhood's Relief & Compensation Fund
    2150 Linglestown Road
    Harrisburg, PA 17110

Grand International Auxiliary/International Western Convention

The Grand International Auxiliary to the BLE offers $1,000 scholarships annually to help the children of BLE members realize their goals in life. Last year the GIA awarded five such scholarships to college-bound students.

However, there are two very strict guidelines that must be met in order to be eligible.

First, the applicant must be a son or daughter of both a GIA member and a BLE member (living or deceased), with each being a member for at least two years.

Second, the applicant must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited university, college, or school of higher learning.

The GIA also offers a joint scholarship program for children of members participating in the International Western Convention. This covers Divisions and Auxiliaries in the following states and provinces: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and portions of northern Ontario (such as Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout). Applicants for the GIA-IWC scholarship must have a parent participating in the IWC.

In order to continue to be eligible for the GIA-IWC scholarship beyond the first quarter and/or semester, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic status. 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. Finally, the applicant must have been accepted to an accredited school.

Deadline for the GIA as well as the GIA-IWC joint scholarships is usually April 1 of each year.

Applications are available through your local GIA auxiliary or BLE division. Members-at-large may obtain applications by writing:

    Betty Clary
    GIA Grand Secretary
    P.O. Box 361
    Manchester, GA 31816


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