2008 BLET Scholarship Directory


Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. More than a dozen financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2008 BLET Scholarship Directory.

The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members with contact information for each scholarship opportunity. 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 2008 BLET Scholarship Directory is as follows:


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 the upcoming 2008-2009 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 2008, who plan to attend a four-year college in the fall of 2008. The applicant should:

· Rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class; and

· Have, or expect to have, excellent SAT or ACT scores.

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, 2008.

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, 2008.

For more details, please contact:

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund
IBT Headquarters
25 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 624-8735
Hoffa Memorial Scholarship brochure, for members to display at their places of work:
Applicants must fill out the following application and academic record form in order to apply:


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 children of 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 2007, the MWRCSF awarded scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 and $1,000 to 37 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 rail management and all labor from Midwest railroads to ensure that all crafts are 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 and Compensation Fund

The Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) has announced changes to its annual Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program.

BR&CF President J.M. Robb explained that under the old scholarship rules, previous winners could receive financial assistance through the Program until they achieved the degree level sought at the time of the initial scholarship award, not to exceed four years (providing they met eligibility requirements).

The 2007 winners still fall under those guidelines. Beginning with the 2008 winners, however, each winner will receive a one-time award of $1,000.

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.

Members with questions should contact Nita Saultz of the BR&CF at (800) 233-7080.

For more details, visit the BR&CF website at www.brcf.org, or write:


BLET Auxiliary and Eastern Union Meeting Association

The BLET Auxiliary 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 administers a joint scholarship, The John Thomas Collins & Mary M. Collins Memorial Scholarship, 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 joint 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. The applicant must also be accepted to an accredited school. The deadline for these scholarships is April 1, 2008. Late applications will not be considered.

Auxiliary application forms are online at: http://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.

Mail completed forms to: Anita J. Caruso, National Secretary, 3341 S. 112th Street, Omaha, NE 68144-4709. For details, email Sister Caruso at: Bunziegia@cox.net.


BLET Auxiliary and International Western Convention

Because of the tremendous support for its scholarship program at past conventions, and by vote of its delegates, the International Western Convention is offering more $1,000 scholarships to BLET members in 2008 than ever before. Children of members from Divisions current with their IWC dues from the following areas are eligible: the states of Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Minn., Mont., Nev., N.M., Ore., Utah, Wash., Wisc., Wyo.; and from the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and portions of northern Ontario (such as Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout).

The deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2008. Late applications will not be considered. The BLET Auxiliary administers the IWC scholarship program, so please send completed applications to: Anita J. Caruso, National Secretary, 3341 S. 112th Street, Omaha, NE 68144-4709. For details, email Sister Caruso at: Bunziegia@cox.net.

Auxiliary application forms are online at: http://www.bletauxiliary.net, or you can link from the BLET Website under "Departments."

Eligibility questions should be directed to Jim Lance, IWC Secretary-Treasurer at kickem228@aol.com.


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, 2008. Divisions must have paid their annual SWCM convention dues for applicants from their Division to be eligible.

Interactive PDF application form:


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 15-19 in Montgomery, Ala. Please see your division officers for an application or for more details.


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 2008 EUMA deadline is June 15, 2008. Send completed applications to:

Applications are on the BLET website at:



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 two $1,000 scholarships. Applications and deadline information are available on the Board's website, http://www.calslb.com

All applications should be mailed to the CSLB 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 Scott Decker at (516) 932-7130.

BLET Division 57

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 AFL-CIO scholarship competition is open to children of all BLET members living in Massachusetts. This year's test will be given on February 6. Members are advised to make preparations in fall 2008 if they wish to apply for the 2009 scholarship.

The scholarship forms and the labor history exam study guide are available on the Division 57 website at: www.ble57.org. For details, email whnutter@yahoo.com, or www. massaflcio.org/scholarship-program.

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. Deadline is June 1 and the winner will be announced at the June Division meeting. For details, contact Division 11 Sec.-Treas. Lorna K. Stevens at 1970 Veterans Hwy., Apt. C18, Levittown, PA 19056-2523, or email at STble11@comcast.net .

Employees of BNSF Railway


The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship Program began accepting requests for applications on Jan. 1, 2008, and applications must be post marked by April 1, 2008.

The program will award 35 scholarships, $2,500 each, for the 2008-2009 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 website 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: https://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

Children of Norfolk Southern employees who are juniors in high school should apply for one of the four-year NS scholarships to be awarded in 2009.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization, administers the scholarship program. For detailed descriptions of these scholarships, go to the NMSC Web site at www.nationalmerit.org. Competition for these scholarships is open to children of active, retired or deceased employees of NS and its participating affiliates. Applicants must be in their junior year of high school and plan to enter college in 2009.

To compete for a scholarship, a student must take the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Oct. 17 or Oct. 20, 2007.

Students also must complete and submit the 2009 Norfolk Southern Scholarship Program Entry Form by Feb. 28, 2008. The application process utilizes a web-based brochure and entry form created by NMSC. Go to https://programentry.nationalmerit.org/JRNHLKKH to begin the registration and application process.

As the Norfolk Southern program runs on an earlier schedule than most scholarhip programs, it is advised that current high school sophomores begin making preparations now to apply for 2010 NS scholarships.

Questions can be addressed to Norfolk Southern Corp., Scholarship Program Coordinator, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, Va., 23510, or to the Human Resources Help Desk at (800) 267-3313, or send an e-mail to nseducation@nscorp.com.

The amount of each NS scholarship is determined individually and can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $4,000 a year for up to four years of college study, or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever comes first. The amount is determined by NMSC.


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