EUMA announces new Robert T. Pentland Memorial Scholarship

The Eastern Union Meeting Association's (EUMA) Executive Committee recently announced the establishment of a new, $2,000 scholarship in memory of Bob "Mr. EUMA" Pentland.

The Robert T. Pentland Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to the highest-ranked EUMA scholarship winner and is available to the children of active, retired, and deceased BLE members whose divisions participate in the EUMA.

Brother Bob passed away on September 13, 2002, in Mineral, Va.

He earned his nickname after decades of devoted service to the Eastern Union Meeting Association. "Mr. EUMA" served for more than 30 years as EUMA's Liaison officer, Vice Chairman and as its longest serving Chairman.

"This Scholarship is a small token of appreciation by EUMA for his many years of selfless dedicated service to EUMA and the BLE," said EUMA Secretary-Treasurer Gary J. Brink upon announcement of the new scholarship. "This honor is fitting to the man who strived so hard to make EUMA and its scholarship program the success that it is today."

The Pentland award joins The Robert F. Donoghue Memorial Scholarship, the R. Brooks Woodward Memorial Scholarship, and the EUMA Continuing Education Scholarships as yet another award offered to outstanding scholars by the EUMA.

Brother Pentland is survived by his wife Ellen, mother Genevieve, daughters Jeanemarie Shields and Lisa Pentland, two grandchildren Maggie and Nicholas Shields. He is further survived by two brothers, three sisters and a son-in-law.

He was born in Port Jervis, NY in 1935. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was an engineer on the Erie Railroad, Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and later Conrail.

Brother Bob served the BLE for more than 40 years at the division, state and regional levels. He served as the State Legislative Board Chairman for the District of Columbia.

The first annual Pentland Scholarship will be awarded at the EUMA's annual meeting this year.

"It is a fitting tribute that the first Robert T. Pentland Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at EUMA in Baltimore, with BLE Division 57 - Bob's division - as the host division," Brother Brink said.

EUMA scholarship applications are available on the BLE website and must be postmarked by June 15. The link is:



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