2004 BLET Scholarship Directory


New Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship available for the first time this year

A new scholarship opportunity for the children all railroaders in all crafts will be available in 2004.

The Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship Foundation (MWRCSF) is now taking scholarship applications for the upcoming year.

The Foundation anticipates awarding $1,000 scholarships to numerous applicants depending on the amount of support received. A diverse Board of Directors has been established, representing membership from several different railroads and labor affiliations.

"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, and Texas. 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."

Most of the monies acquired for these scholarships will come from annual golf tournaments, contributions and sponsorships. The Kansas City area golf tournament will be held on May 2-3, 2004. Additional information regarding the details will be circulated in the near future. All proceeds from last September's tournament will be combined with money generated at the upcoming May tournament to fund scholarships that will be awarded in time for the fall semester.

A golf tournament near Lincoln, Neb., is also scheduled for Sept. 26-27, 2004. The Board of Directors is planning to schedule additional tournaments in other locations. There is also consideration for an endowment in the future.

Please use the interactive 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 April 1, 2004.


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 BLE 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, 2004. 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:

John D. Mullen
Railroad Craft Scholarship Foundation
2609 S. Chase Burleson, Texas 76028
e-mail: jdmullen54@sbcglobal.net

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 13-17, 2004.

For an application, see your division officers or write:

Ronald L. Perkins
SMA Sec.-Treas.
505 Chautauqua Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23707

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, 2004. 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.

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

Gary J. Brink, EUMA Sec.-Treas.
12 Kellogg Ave.
Port Jervis, NY 12771
Applications are on the BLET website at:

Applications due April 1 for GIA, joint GIA-IWC 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 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 (IWC). 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.

New this year is the availability of GIA Scholarship application forms 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

California State Legislative Board

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 three $500 scholarships.

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

All applications should be mailed to the home office address:

California State Legislative Board, BLET/IBT
610 Auburn Ravine Rd., Suite C
Auburn, CA 95603

Division 269

BLET Division 269 (Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.) offers two $500 scholarships to the children of BLE 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.

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: 92 A North Main St., North Grafton, Mass. 01536, phone: (508) 259-9957, or: whnutter@yahoo.com.

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 S-T J.J. Raia, at 20 East Drive, Edison, N.J. 08820, (732) 396-9076, or e-mail: jjob80@ix.netcom.com.

Brotherhood's Relief & Compensation Fund offers Luther G. Smith scholarships

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, 2004.

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 range from $500-$4,000

The Union Plus program awards 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 2004 awards is January 31, 2004. 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 awards 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, Various state and local AFL-CIO bodies also fund scholarships for union members and their children. For more information, go to the AFL-CIO website at: http://www.aflcio.org.

BNSF, NS, CSX offer scholarships, financial assistance

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


Burlington Northern Railroad Scholarship Program

The BNSF offers 20 scholarships of $2,500 for undergraduate education. All majors are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is November 30. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0; be in the top 20% of class; and have a parent affiliated with Burlington Northern.

For Application and more information, contact:

Human Resources Department
Burlington Northern Railroad
3000 Continental Plaza
777 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102


Norfolk Southern Scholarship Program

Norfolk Southern 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:

Norfolk Southern
Vice President Human Resources
Three Commercial Place
Norfolk, Va. 23510-2191

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


The CSX Scholarship Program

CSX 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 a completed application 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:

Richmond Area Scholarship Program
Post Office Box 363
Rockville, VA 23146
(800) 533-4723

Please note: The BLET National Division itself does not sponsor the scholarships listed. Contact the identified organization directly for further information.



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