2007 BLET Scholarship Directory

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors, and 100 scholarships will be awarded during for the upcoming 2007-2008 school year.

Applicants compete in one of the five geographic regions where the Teamster parent/grandparent's Local Union is located. The Teamsters will award 31 scholarships that total $10,000 each ($2,500 a year over four years) and an additional 69 awards that are one-time grants of $1,000 each.

For the last few years, the children and grandchildren of BLET members have been eligible to apply for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship following the merger of the BLET with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In fact, several children of BLET members have won the $10,000 scholarship.

This year's program is open to high school seniors graduating in 2007, who plan to attend a four-year college in the fall of 2007. The applicant should:

The applicant must be a son, daughter or grandchild of a Teamster member who has been in good standing during the 12 consecutive months preceding the application deadline of March 30, 2007. Furthermore, the Teamster member must not have been a full-time elected officer during the 12 months preceding the application deadline date of March 30, 2007.

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.

Applications are available from all IBT and GCC Local Unions, the BLET National Division website and BMWED System Federations.

Applications must be received by the Scholarship Fund by March 30, 2007.

For more details, please contact:

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 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."

In 2006, the MWRCSF awarded $500 and $1,000 scholarships to 29 students 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. "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. Dates and locations of the 2007 fund raisers will be announced at a later date. Updates will be provided on the MWRCSF website.

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 normally in June.

To download a copy of the application, and for other information about the MWRCSF, please visit their website: http://www.mwrcsf.org

Brotherhood's Relief & Compensation Fund (BRCF)

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 J.M. Robb reports that the deadline for receipt of applications and the required documentation is March 1, 2007.

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 (Long Island Rail Road)

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 (516) 932-7130.

BLET Division 57 (Boston, Mass.)

Two $250 scholarships are available to children of BLET Division 57 members (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. This year's test will be given on February 7, so students must act right away. The 2008 exam will be given in late 2007 or early 2008.

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 (508) 259-9957 or whnutter@yahoo.com

BLET Division 11 (New York, NY)

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 STJ.J. Raia, at 20 East Dr., Edison, N.J. 08820, (732) 396-9076, or e-mail Brother Raia at: jjraia@yahoo.com

BLET Auxiliary, joint BLET Auxiliary-EUMA, Auxiliary-IWC scholarships

The BLET Auxiliary (formerly the Grand International Auxiliary, or GIA) offers $1,000 scholarships annually to help the children of BLET and Auxiliary 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 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, college or school of higher learning.

The Auxiliary 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, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and portions of northern Ontario (such as Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout). Applicants for the Auxiliary-IWC scholarship must have a parent participating in the IWC.

The Auxiliary 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 Auxiliary-EUMA scholarship must have a parent participating in the EUMA.

In order to continue to be eligible for the Auxiliary-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 Auxiliary Scholarships as well as the IWC-EUMA joint scholarships must be submitted by April 1, 2007. Late applications will not be considered.

Auxiliary Scholarship application forms are available on the Auxiliary website at: http://www.bletauxiliary.net, or you can link from the BLET Website under Departments, BLET Auxiliary.

In addition to the application form, the Auxiliary 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:

For questions call Sister Caruso at: (402) 330-6348 or send her an e-mail at: Bunziegia@cox.net .

California State Legislative Board

The BLET's California State Legislative Board offers a scholarship 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, 2007. All applications should be mailed to the CSLB home office address:

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 30, 2007. Divisions must have paid their annual SWCM convention dues for applicants from their Division to be eligible.

Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA)

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 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 Virgina.

The 2007 EUMA deadline is July 5, 2007. Send completed applications to:

Jim Louis, EUMA Sec.-Treas.
257 Forbes Ave.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Applications are on the BLET website at:

Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA)

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 10-15, 2007.

For an application, see your division officers or write:

Employees of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship Program began accepting requests for applications on Jan. 1, 2007, and applications must be post marked by April 1, 2007.

The program will award 35 scholarships, $2,500 each, for the 2007-2008 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. Full-time emloyees must have at least two years of service as of Jan. 1, 2007, and must still be employed by BNSF when winners are selected in April.

A direct Web site link is available again this year so applicants can electronically fill out an application request. As in the past, you may request an application starting Jan. 1, 2007, by either mailing or faxing in the request. 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:

Employees of Norfolk Southern (NS)

Norfolk Southern established the Norfolk Southern Scholarship Program for sons and daughters of current, retired or deceased employees. The annual competition is conducted through the National Merit Scholarship Corp., an independent, nonprofit group.

Only high school students who are sons and daughters of current, retired or deceased NS employees or its affiliates can compete for these scholarships. Such students also must meet all requirements for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program that are published in the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT, which is updated annually and distributed to students through their schools.

The deadline to enter the competition for NS scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2008 is Jan. 31, 2007.

For 2009, sons and daughters of current, retired or deceased employees of NS who will complete high school and enroll full time in college in 2009 should take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of 2007. Students should contact their school principal or counselor for dates.

The student must also complete and submit a 2009 Norfolk Southern Scholarship Program Entry Form by late 2007 or early 2008.

The program will utilizes a web-based brochure and entry form created by NMSC. For details, visit: https://programentry.nationalmerit.org/PBLHSJDC

The amount of the awards for each scholarship winner is determined individually by NMSC and can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $4,000 per year for up to four years of college.

Questions may be addressed to:

Members can also call the NS Human Resources help desk: (800) 267-3313.





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