2005 BLET Scholarship Directory

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

BLET members are now eligible to participate in the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund. The parents or grandparents of applicants must belong to the Teamsters for at least 12 months in order to be eligible for a scholarship.

James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the Union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the new scholarship fund.

The Teamsters website describes the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund and outlines eligibility requirements and application procedures. This information is available at: http://www.teamster.org.

The deadline for applications is March 25, 2005.

One hundred scholarships will be awarded this program year. Applicants compete in one of the five geographic regions where the Teamster parent's local union is located.

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. 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. We consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.


The Scholarship Fund has established some guidelines to be used by students when deciding whether or not to apply to this program. Applicants should:

Due to the highly competitive nature of the program and the large number of applicants, students should carefully consider these criteria before submitting an application.

After the BLET eligible student completes the application, it should be forwarded to: William C. Walpert, National Secretary-Treasurer, BLET, 1370 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. The National Secretary-Treasurer's office will verify membership status and sign the application form. The completed form will then be sent directly to the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund for processing.

Additional information and application forms are available on the Teamsters website at: www.teamster.org, or by contacting the following:

Applications due April 1 for GIA, joint GIA-IWC-EUMA scholarships

The Grand International Auxiliary (GIA) to the BLET offers $1,000 scholarships annually to help the children of BLET and GIA members realize their goals in life.

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 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, college, or school of higher learning.

The GIA also offers a joint scholarship program for children of members participating in the International Western Convention (IWC). This covers Divisions, Auxiliaries and Members-at-Large 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.

The GIA also administers a joint scholarship program for children of members participating in the Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA). This covers Divisions, Auxiliaries and Members-at-Large in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. Applicants for the GIA-EUMA scholarship must have a parent participating in the EUMA.

In order to continue to be eligible for the GIA-IWC-EUMA 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 IWC-EUMA joint scholarships must be submitted by April 1, 2005. Late applications will not be considered.

GIA Scholarship application forms are available on the GIA website at: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/mmgrotzinger.

In addition to the application form, the GIA website provides scholarship applicants with more detailed instructions on the application process. To submit an application, simply download, print and complete the forms.

Mail completed forms to:

Anita J. Caruso
International Secretary
3341 S. 112th Street
Omaha, NE 68144-4709
(402) 330-6348

Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship assisted 28 students in 2004

Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many people, including its Board of Directors, the Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship Foundation (MWRCSF) was able to help 28 children of railroaders from many crafts and union affiliations with their educational expenses during the current calendar school year.

The Foundation, founded in 2004, is led by a diverse Board of Directors representing several different railroads and labor unions.

"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. "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 railroad management and all labor from Midwest railroads to ensure that all crafts will be 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 on July 10 and 11, 2005, at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Lawson, Mo. In addition, the second annual Lincoln, Neb., Tourney will be held in September (date to be determined).

Please use the scholarship application on the BLET website. Fill it out electronically, print it, attach the proper signatures and mail it to the enclosed address. The deadline for receiving applications is June 15, 2005.


Railroad Craft Scholarship Foundation deadline is May 1

The Railroad Craft Scholarship Foundation (formerly known as the Joint Craft Scholarship) is available through the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen to college-bound children of all railroad operating crafts.

"To my knowledge this is the first scholarship program that covers all craft lines and is available on any railroad," said Brother John D. Mullen, a member of BLET Division 500 (Cleburne, Texas).

The scholarships are available to children of employees working on any railroad represented by any railroad union currently covered under the Federal Employers' Liability Act. It provides financial aid to children of active, retired, or deceased railroad employees who would be unable to attend college without financial assistance.

Established in 1995 by Brother Mullen and other dedicated BLET members, the Railroad Craft Scholarship Foundation has awarded dozens of scholarships over the past eight years.

Intended to provide financial assistance to children who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend college, the scholarship offers several awards ranging from $500 to $1,000.

"There are no stipulations if you are already attending college or are just starting out," Mullen said. "The Committee focuses more on the applicant's financial need rather than his or her academic performance."

Completed applications must be received by May 1, 2005. Applications will be reviewed and award winners determined by the Railroad Crafts Scholarship Foundation's Board of Directors at their annual meeting held in May of each year. For an application packet, please write or call:

SMA Scholarships

The Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) Scholarship Committee annually awards the Geiger-Brendle Scholarships to children of active or retired BLET members whose divisions participate in SMA.

Check with your division secretary-treasurer to ensure 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.

The SMA scholarship application deadline varies from year to year.

Winners are usually selected at the SMA's annual business meeting held during the convention, which will be June 12-17, 2005.

For an application, see your division officers or write:

SWCM Scholarships

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, 2005. Divisions must have paid their annual SWCM convention dues for applicants from their Division to be eligible.

EUMA Scholarships

The Eastern Union Meeting Association awards one $2,000 Robert Pentland Memorial Scholarship and several other $1,000 scholarships each year based on academic excellence and financial need. Only children of 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 Virgina.

This year's deadline is June 15. Send completed applications to:

Applications are on the BLET website at: http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/eumasch.pdf

California State Legislative Board scholarships

The BLET's California State Legislative Board offers scholarships each year to a graduating senior who will attend college, trade or vocational school in the coming year.

The applicant's parent or guardian must be a BLET member in good standing and in a Division represented by the California State Legislative Board.

Last year, the Board offered a $1,000 scholarship.

Applications are available on the Board's website, http://www.calslb.com

All applications should be mailed to the home office address:

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 Doug Willox at (516) 932-7130.

BLET Division 57

Two $250 scholarships are available to children of BLET members in Division 57 (Boston, Mass.).

The scholarships are awarded to college-bound high school seniors, and will be awarded based on their score on a labor history exam, administered by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, said Walter H. Nutter of Division 57.

By taking the exam, students also become eligible for eight more scholarships through the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. While the Division 57 scholarship is limited to children of that division's members, the general Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarship competition is open to children of all BLET members living in Massachusetts. Deadline for these scholarships is early December.

For further details, contact Brother Nutter at: 114 Bullard Road, Oakham, Mass., 01068, phone: (508) 259-9957, or: whnutter@yahoo.com.

BLET Division 11

BLET Division 11 (New York, N.Y.) awards a one-time $500 scholarship annually to a child of any active member of Division 11 who pays local dues each month. Children who win are not eligible again. The deadline is the Division's June meeting. For details, contact Division 11 ST J.J. Raia, at 20 East Dr., Edison, N.J. 08820, (732) 396-9076, or email: jjraia@yahoo.com.

Low interest loans: Franklin P. Greene Fund

The Franklin P. Greene Educational Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to help children of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen members pursue their academic goals.

The Franklin P. Greene Educational Loan Fund was established in 1956. Its foundation was stipulated in the will of Brother Greene, a member of BLET Division 266 (Gladstone, Mich.). Brother Greene left an estate in trust of the BLET with instructions that the funds be available for low-interest loans to children of U.S. locomotive engineers, living or deceased.

Brother Green was an engineer on the Soo Line from 1895 to 1940. Before his death at age 86, Brother Greene wrote Grand Chief Engineer Guy L. Brown of his intention to establish the educational loan fund.

"Everything I have I owe to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers," he wrote. "And I want to take this means of showing my appreciation for what the organization has done for me."

Brother Greene's will stipulated that the parent of applicants must be a BLET member in good standing or must of have been in good standing at the time of his or her death.

Qualified applicants are asked to contact Jenny Berndt in the BLET Accounting Office at: (216) 241-2630, ext. 211 or berndt@ble-t.org, to request an application.

Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund

The Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) sponsors the Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program. Applications are available 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 (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.

BR&CF President R.J. Myers reports that the deadline for receipt of applications and the required documentation is March 1, 2005.

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

Union Plus Scholarships

The Union Plus program awards scholarships in amounts ranging from $500-$4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for undergraduate study beginning in the fall of the same year.

The deadline for the 2005 awards is January 31, 2005. To download the Union Plus Scholarship application (PDF), go to the Union Privilege website at: http://www.unionprivilege.org.

Members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (foster children, step children, and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. (Participating union members from Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and Virgin Islands and U.S. citizens are eligible.) Members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarships and scholarship are not based upon participation in a Union Plus program.

The individual must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Graduate students are not eligible. Applicants for scholarships are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

In addition to Union Plus, various state and local AFL-CIO bodies fund scholarships for union members and their children.

For more information, go to the AFL-CIO website at: http://www.aflcio.org.

Railroad Companies offer assistance

In addition to the scholarships offered by the BLET, railroads also offer college scholarships to railroad workers and their children.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship Program will begin accepting requests for applications Jan. 1, 2005. The program will award 35 scholarships, $2,500 each, for the 2005-2006 academic school year. The program is available to current high school seniors who are the dependent sons, daughters or stepchildren of full-time BNSF employees or retired, disabled or deceased employees of BNSF or its predecessor companies. Applicants must submit an application postmarked no later than April 1, 2005. A direct Web site link is available again this year so applicants can electronically fill out an application request.

To obtain an application and descriptive brochure, please complete and return the application request form by March 1, 2005.

As in the past, you may request an application starting Jan. 1, 2005, by either mailing or faxing in the request. Now, you may also request an application or apply directly online by accessing the following website: http://www.scholarshipadministrators.net and follow the instructions. You will be asked to use the access code BNSF.

Or you can request information and an application by mail:

The Norfolk Southern Scholarship Program gives eight four-year scholarships. National Merit Scholarship Corp. - an independent, non-profit organization - administers the program. To compete for the scholarships, students must take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during October of their junior year. Students should contact their principals or counselors to arrange to take the test. The deadline for completing the form is December 31.

Applications for the NS scholarships can be obtained by writing:

Applications are also available by email: lisa.leblanc@nscorp.com


The CSX Scholarship Program provides 120 scholarships of $2,500 each to assist children of employees with undergraduate expenses at an accredited college or university. Scholarships are awarded for one year only, but recipients are encouraged to apply again for subsequent years. The deadline for applications is May 1.

To be eligible, a student must: have at least one parent who has been an employee of CSX Corporation or an affiliate for a minimum of one year. (If the parent is retired, furloughed, or deceased, he or she must have been an employee for a minimum of 10 years); be under the age of 24 and unmarried; be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university at the undergraduate level; and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Winners will be selected on a purely mathematical basis using financial need as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Family Contribution (50%), SAT scores (25%), and grade point average (25%).

For an application form and a brochure explaining the program, contact:


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