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2011 BLET Scholarship Directory

CLEVELAND, January 28 — 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 2011 BLET Scholarship Directory.

The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members with contact information for each scholarship program. The BLET National Division does not maintain its own scholarship program, so members 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 2011 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, 2011.

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
Email: scholarship@teamster.org

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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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.

In addition to its own scholarship program, the Auxiliary is administering four scholarships for the International Western Convention (IWC) for calendar year 2011. 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 the four separate 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, 2011. Late applications will not be considered. Auxiliary application forms are online at: 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 a member of 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 four separate IWC scholarships detailed above.

Mail completed forms to: Linda D. Maher, National Secretary, 29215 West Miller Road, Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44092. For details or clarification of eligibility, email Sister Maher at biddykaili@aol.com or sissy62756@mac.com.

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Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA)

The Eastern Union Meeting Association awards several scholarship 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 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 2011 EUMA deadline is June 30, 2011. Send completed applications to:

Jim Louis, EUMA Vice Chairman
257 Forbes Ave.
Tonawanda, NY 14150

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, 2011. The 2011 convention begins on September 18. 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.

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 13-18. Please see your division officers for an application or for more details. Deadline this year is June 9, 2011. 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. Applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member in good standing in a BLET division represented by CSLB-BLET.

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/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 Scott Decker at (631) 813-2234.

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BRCF Scholarship Program

The Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BRCF) 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 Nita Saultz at (800) 233-7080. Members may obtain an application form by calling or writing to 2150 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or emailing brcf@brcf.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2011.

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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 2011 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 12, and the OBKF deadline is May 12;
• Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA) begins August 2, and the OBKF deadline is July 2;
• International Western Convention (IWC) begins August 21, and the OBKF deadline is July 21; and
• Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) begins September 18, and the OBKF deadline is August 18.

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:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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