Financial aid available for 2001-02 school year

Joint Craft Scholarship deadline is April 1

A Joint Craft Scholarship is now available through the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers to college-bound children of all railroad operating crafts.

"To my knowledge this is the only scholarship program that covers all craft lines and is available on any railroad," BLE Burlington Northern-Santa Fe General Chairman John D. Mullen said.

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 BLE members, the Joint Craft Scholarship Program has since offered dozens of awards.

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 April 1. 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:


SWCM scholarships

The Southwestern Convention Meeting awards approximately two dozen scholarships annually, according to SWCM Scholarship Committee Treasurer Leo Srubas.

Applicants must be the child of an active, retired or deceased BLE 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. Completed applications must be received by the SWCM treasurer no later than the opening date of each annual SWCM convention.

For further details or an application, write:


SMA scholarships

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

Check with your division secretary-treasurer to ensure your division participates. 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 24-28, 2001. For an application, write:


EUMA scholarships

The Eastern Union Meeting Association provides several $1,000 scholarships each year based on academic excellence and financial need.

To be eligible, the applicant must be the child of a BLE member (living or deceased) of a division currently participating in the EUMA. Applicants must provide a copy of their SAT scores, their college admission papers, and a copy of their last marking period or grades for the last semester completed. Incomplete applications won't be accepted.

The deadline varies from year to year. To obtain a scholarship application, contact your local EUMA division officer or write:


GIA, GIA-IWC scholarships

The Grand International Auxiliary to the BLE offers $1,000 scholarships annually to help the children of BLE members realize their goals in life. Last year the GIA awarded five such scholarships to college-bound students.

However, 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 BLE member (living or deceased), with each being a member for at least 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. This covers Divisions and Auxiliaries 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.

In order to continue to be eligible for the GIA-IWC 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 GIA-IWC joint scholarships is usually April 1 of each year.

Applications are available through your local GIA auxiliary or BLE division. Members-at-large may obtain applications by writing:


BLE Division 269

BLE Division 269 (Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.) offers two $500 scholarships to its members whose children are already enrolled in college. Participation is limited to members of Division 269 only.

Winners are picked at random in a raffle held each December at the division's Christmas party. For more details, watch your Division 269 newsletter or contact Division 269 Local Chairman Bob Evers at (516) 932-7130.


BLE Division 57

Two $500 scholarships are available to children of members in BLE Division 57 (Boston, Mass.).

"These scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are going on to higher education, and will be awarded based on their scores on a labor history exam, administered by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO," said Div. 57 Secretary- Treasurer W.H. Nutter.

By taking the exam, students also become eligible for eight more scholarships through the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. This scholarship competition is open to all children of BLE members living in Massachusetts. For details, contact Brother Nutter at: 83 Main St., Northfield, MA 01360-1015, or e-mail


BLE Division 11

BLE Division 11 (New York, N.Y.) awards a scholarship annually to a child of any active member of its division in the amount of $500. The deadline for application is the Division's August meeting.

For details, contact Division 11 Secretary-Treasurer J.J. Raia, at 20 East Drive, Edison, N.J. 08820, (732) 396-9076, or e-mail


Assistance available from BRCF

The Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund sponsors the Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program. Applications are available only 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.

The deadline for receipt of applications and the required documentation is March 1, 2001.

If you have any questions, please contact Norann Kauffman of the BR&CF at (800) 233-7080. For more detials, you can visit the BR&CF website at, or write:

2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers