2006 BLET Scholarship Directory

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

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 31, 2006.

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:

1. Rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class;

2. Have, or expect to have, excellent SAT or ACT scores; and

3. Demonstrate financial need.

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:

Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship Fund

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 several 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 this summer. In addition, a second tourney is normally held at another location later in the summer.

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

The application form is on the BLET website at:


BRCF's Luther G. Smith Scholarship

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 full time 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, 2006.

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:

BLET Division 269 Scholarship

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 Scholarship

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.

The scholarship forms and the labor history exam study guide are available on the Division 57 website at: http://www.ble57.org .

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

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, 2006. 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:

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 4-9, 2006.

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 July 1, 2006. Divisions must have paid their annual SWCM convention dues for applicants from their Division to be eligible.

Interactive PDF application form:

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.

The 2006 EUMA is June 12-16 in Atlantic City, N.J. Send completed applications to:

EUMA 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

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2006. All applications should be mailed to the CSLB home office address:

Railroad Company Scholarships

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship Program will begin accepting requests for applications January 1, 2006. The program will award 35 scholarships, $2,500 each, for the 2006-2007 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, 2006. 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, 2006.

As in the past, you may request an application starting Jan. 1, 2006, 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


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